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Princess Nostalgia – Ode to boy

Hailing from three generations of female artists, Princess Nostalgia was encouraged to express herself from a young age. Born on Tiber Island in the heart of Rome, her childhood unfolded amongst the ruins of an ancient world. This bittersweet sense of the past has informed her outlook ever since.

At 8 years old, she moved with her mother and brother to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father remained in Italy (their shared love of Kraftwerk, D’Angelo, and Chic has been the basis of their long distance relationship). The sharp divide between the two worlds in which she lived led her to develop a fascination with the feeling of nostalgia—which became not only a familiar friend, but a source of inspiration (hence the moniker).

In the fourth grade, Princess Nostalgia picked up the double bass. Ten years of classical training opened her eyes to the endless potential of musical composition, and an insatiable itch to do it herself was awakened. The subsequent discovery of Logic Pro X gave her the freedom to manifest this potential on her own terms.  Inspired by a wide array of genres including funk, r&b, electronic, and pop, Princess Nostalgia taught herself how to compose, arrange, mix, and master her own music. Despite the toxic aspects of being an artist in the age of social media, she is immensely grateful for the vast reserves of free information the internet has to offer, as she acquired many of her skills through youtube tutorials and music tech blogs.

Furthermore, her artistic background has allowed her to create her own album art and to direct and edit her own music videos. Headstrong and self-reliant, she takes pride in the knowledge that everything you see and hear is a product of her own creation. Today, Princess Nostalgia is a philosophy major at the University of Verm.

Radio Smash – Love To Hurt (feat. Mia LJ)

A few years ago, 2 friends know as Radio Smash decided they wanted to share their love for good music with the world. Since Sal and AJ came from different musical backgrounds, their sound is a medley of the different styles of music that have inspired them over the years. When listening, close your eyes and envision how they felt in that moment of time when their passion for music was captured into the song. Through the sad, yet hopeful vocal on Someone Like You, to the euphoric Call Me (On the Weekend), you’ll be taken on a journey through the life and times of Radio Smash.

Radio Smash
A few years ago, 2 friends know as Radio Smash decided they wanted to share their love for good music with the world. Since Sal and AJ came from different musical backgrounds, their sound is a medley of the different styles of music that have inspired them over the years.

Mayssa Karaa – Broken Lines

Mayssa Karaa with her captivating multi-octave voice and persuasive cross-cultural messages defines a new era of musical inclusion. Her songs tell of a journey connecting her origins in the ancient land of Lebanon to her adopted home of Los Angeles, California. She is about to launch her full-length English solo debut, Simple Cure.

Growing up in Lebanon, Mayssa Karaa was trained in classical music. While she loved singing, a future in civil engineering was her life plan. It was the sage advice of a French conductor that guided her to a professional music career. “He told me, ‘When you meet God he’s going to tell you, ‘I gave you a gift– what did you do with it?’ That was the turning point in my career. Fortunately, my dad had already applied to Berklee College of Music in Boston for me and had an audition set up.”

On Simple Cure, Mayssa Karaa says that most of her lyrics have their origins in conversations. “I would speak with my producer Richard Jacques, tell him something that I remembered, and we would come up with the lines and hooks to relate these stories.” When you put all the songs of the album together, you will understand the full story that lays behind.

The songs range from piano based simplicity to epic electronic orchestration. Among the highlights is “Simple Cure,” which speaks to finding peace through the miraculous power of inner strength, even in the chaos of a modern world. As Mayssa Karaa sings, “Step in the air, breathe in the stars, the simple cure is every heart.”

Cinema audiences might identify Mayssa Karaa’s voice from the hit film American Hustle, where her Arabic version of the ‘60s classic “White Rabbit” was a  standout track on the Grammy®-nominated soundtrack album. Television audiences might recognize her from the popular PBS Special, Enrico Caruso: His Life, His Cities, His Music, featuring Placido Domingo in Naples. (She is also featured in the follow-up that was released in the Spring of 2018.) International families might identify her with “The Arabic Alphabet Song” from Sesame Street that generated over 22 million YouTube views.

Melding Arabic influences into Western music is Mayssa’s forte: notable recordings in her catalog include a version of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” accompanied by the band’s Scott Page, to which both Roger Waters and David Gilmour granted their blessings. Mayssa traveled to Detroit, Michigan to honor Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend Bob Seger. Fronting a band organized by the distinguished producer Don Was, she performed a haunting version of Seger’s “Turn the Page” in both English and Arabic during the 22nd Annual “Concert Of Colors” in 2014 at the Orchestra Hall in Detroit, MI.

Mayssa Karaa
Mayssa Karaa with her captivating multi-octave voice and persuasive cross-cultural messages defines a new era of musical inclusion. Her songs tell of a journey connecting her origins in the ancient land of Lebanon to her adopted home of Los Angeles, California.

DJ Soak – Don’t Make Me

Sergio Hernando A.K.A  DJ Soak at the early age of 24 years old has become a top reference in spanish scene electrónic and turntablism. Credentials, of course, is not lacking: in 2003, with only 12 years old, opened an enviable achievements in becoming runner-up Spain in DMC. Since then it has not ceased to be a landmark in the national and international competitions for DMC and ITF, now known as I.D.A.

“A young prodigy from scratch” would be one of the most successful definitions to discuss Soak, and that is that this kid wants to bite the world.

DJ Soak shows an innate talent, which has managed to shape practicing very hard since he barely lifted was a child and used to sneak the dishes of his brother Dj Elko. Soak has grown and grown into one of the new covering of urban culture of our country.

Valencian, but with good hands who could have been forged in the crib from scratch, at it’ s Soak bet the electric rhythms.

It plays in each of them to perfection by mixing electronic, freestyle, hip hop, and requires more than an unbeliever to turn his head toward the cockpit to check that this wonder is scratching vinyl meat and bone, ultimately free music that skips the rules without giving up the party.

Despite his youth, he has appeared on several TV programs that have succumbed to his savoir faire: Música Sí (TVE), Miradas2 (TVE), La Hora Wiki (Canal+), MTV (Austria) and in Rolling Stone magazine, Dj Mag, Vulture, Serie B, Hip Hop Nation, Hip Flow, Alittlebeat, Staff Magazzine or Deejay.

The best thing is that the reign of Soak just starting and we can only expect good things very good things, this guy in constant exploration of ways and innovation that transform and magically erase the dividing lines between musical genders.

DJ Soak
“A young prodigy from scratch” would be one of the most successful definitions to discuss Soak, and that is that this kid wants to bite the world.

TITLES AND AWARDS:

*Vize-Champion of Spain DMC 2003

*3º in the championship of Spain of the I.T.F 2005

*4º in the championship of Spain of the DMC 2005

*Champion of the Community Valenciana of DMC 2006

*3º in the championship of Spain the DMC 2006

*Champion of Spain I.T.F / I.D.A 2006

*Vize-champion of World/Euro I.T.F / I.D.A 2006

*Vize-Champion of Spain DMC 2007

*4º in the World I.D.A/I.T.F 2007

*Champion of Spain DMC 2008

*5º in the championship of World DMC 2008

*Champion of Spain DMC 2009

*Red Bull Thre3Style Champion of the Community Valenciana

Hip Abduction – Come On Get Up

Hip Abduction.

Hip​ ​Abduction​ ​began​ ​through​ ​informal​ ​jam​ ​sessions​ ​and​ ​quickly​ ​coalesced​ ​into​ ​a​ ​sound​ ​that​ ​attracted national​ ​attention.​ ​For​ ​Gold​ ​Under​ ​the​ ​Glow,​ ​the​ ​band’s​ ​third​ ​full​ ​album​ ​released​ ​on​ ​March​ ​11,​ ​2016,​ ​THA engage​ ​an​ ​indie​ ​pop​ ​acumen​ ​alongside​ ​a​ ​highly​ ​emotive​ ​and​ ​roots​ ​driven​ ​sound.​ ​Recorded​ ​in​ ​Nashville, Gold​ ​Under​ ​the​ ​Glow​ ​was​ ​produced​ ​by​ ​Dabney​ ​Morris​ ​(Wild​ ​Cub)​ ​who​ ​is​ ​credited​ ​with​ ​incorporating synth-pop​ ​teeth​ ​into​ ​the​ ​band’s​ ​global​ ​foundation​ ​and​ ​summery​ ​vibe.​ ​It’s​ ​a​ ​smart​ ​blending​ ​of​ ​world​ ​pop and​ ​club​ ​aesthetics​ ​that​ ​appeals​ ​to​ ​both​ ​audiences.

Sometimes​ ​inspiration​ ​strikes​ ​from​ ​the​ ​immersion​ ​of​ ​living​ ​in​ ​a​ ​far​ ​away​ ​place.​ ​The​ ​view​ ​of​ ​the​ ​ocean.​ ​The sound​ ​of​ ​a​ ​rainforest​ ​at​ ​sunrise.​ ​The​ ​smell​ ​of​ ​an​ ​open-air​ ​market.​ ​The​ ​embrace​ ​of​ ​the​ ​wild​ ​human experience.​ ​However,​ ​maybe​ ​the​ ​nostalgia​ ​for​ ​a​ ​certain​ ​place​ ​might​ ​be​ ​attributed​ ​instead​ ​to​ ​a​ ​feeling,​ ​or​ ​a time,​ ​or​ ​even​ ​a​ ​person.​ ​Sometimes,​ ​inspiration​ ​stems​ ​from​ ​a​ ​place​ ​that​ ​everyone​ ​can​ ​relate​ ​to,​ ​but​ ​maybe no​ ​one’s​ ​actually​ ​been.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​the​ ​music​ ​of​ ​The​ ​Hip​ ​Abduction,​ ​the​ ​vibrant​ ​St.​ ​Petersburg,​ ​FL-based collective​ ​that​ ​formed​ ​over​ ​a​ ​mutual​ ​appreciation​ ​for​ ​West​ ​African​ ​and​ ​early​ ​Jamaican​ ​reggae/dub​ ​music.

​Hip​ ​Abduction​ ​featuring​ ​David​ ​New​ ​(lead​ ​vocals,​ ​guitar),​ ​Chris​ ​Powers​ ​(bass),​ ​Dave​ ​Johnson (baritone​ ​and​ ​tenor​ ​sax),​ ​Sean​ ​Fote​ ​(keyboards),​ ​Matt​ ​Poynter​ ​(drums,​ ​vocals)​ ​and​ ​John​ ​Holt​ ​III​ ​(kamale ngoni,​ ​guitar,​ ​vocals)​ ​have​ ​shared​ ​stages​ ​with​ ​the​ ​likes​ ​of​ ​Grace​ ​Potter,​ ​Ziggy​ ​Marley,​ ​Umphrey’s​ ​McGee, Thievery​ ​Corporation,​ ​Matisyahu,​ ​311,​ ​Galactic,​ ​and​ ​Moon​ ​Taxi​ ​and​ ​has​ ​performed​ ​at​ ​Shaky​ ​Knees, FloydFest,​ ​Wanee​ ​Music​ ​Festival,​ ​Suwanee​ ​Hulaween,​ ​Deep​ ​Roots​ ​Mountain​ ​Revival,​ ​Sunfest,​ ​Orange Blossom​ ​Jamboree,​ ​Tropical​ ​Heatwave​ ​Music​ ​Festival,​ ​The​ ​BIG​ ​What?​ ​and​ ​more.​ ​Watch​ ​out​ ​for​ ​more festival​ ​plays​ ​in​ ​2017​ ​including​ ​Jam​ ​Cruise,​ ​Sweetwater​ ​420​ ​Fest,​ ​Summercamp,​ ​Electric​ ​Forest, FloydFest,​ ​Deep​ ​Roots​ ​Mountain​ ​Revival,​ ​Peach​ ​Fest​ ​and​ ​more​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​coast​ ​to​ ​coast​ ​dates.

The Hip Abduction
The​ ​Hip​ ​Abduction​ ​featuring​ ​David​ ​New​ ​(lead​ ​vocals,​ ​guitar),​ ​Chris​ ​Powers​ ​(bass),​ ​Dave​ ​Johnson (baritone​ ​and​ ​tenor​ ​sax),​ ​Sean​ ​Fote​ ​(keyboards),​ ​Matt​ ​Poynter​ ​(drums,​ ​vocals)​ ​and​ ​John​ ​Holt​ ​III​ ​(kamale ngoni,​ ​guitar,​ ​vocals)​ ​have​ ​shared​ ​stages​ ​with​ ​the​ ​likes​ ​of​ ​Grace​ ​Potter,​ ​Ziggy​ ​Marley,​ ​Umphrey’s​ ​McGee, Thievery​ ​Corporation

X.ARI – Stay v Go

X.ARI

X.ARI  the  Toronto  born,  LA  based  songstress  deftly  dances  in  and  out  of  genre  lines,  moving  from  enchanting  alternative  pop  to  gritty  hip-hop  production  under  a  cover  of  electronic  elegance.  All  the  while,  her  visceral  lyrics  transmit  messages  of  hope  as  often  as  they  ponder  tragedy.  It  is  the  mixture  of  those  two  elements  when  X.ARI’s  sound  and  voice  come  to  life.

X.ARI  finds  healing  and  her  unapologetic  voice  in  her  music.  In  addition  to  that  she  also  dedicates  much  of  her  time  and  energy  into  her  Pain  into  Power  campaign,  which  focuses  on  self  care  and  well  being  in  regards  to  one’s  mental  health.  Her  latest  single  ‘Stay  v  Go’  and  5  track  EP  “Dis-Order”  are  being  released  in  May  as  a  part  of  Mental  Health  Awareness  month.  There  will  also  be  a  line  of  self  care  products  such  as  journals,  candles,  etc  to  accompany  these  releases.

A  version  of  ‘Stay  v  Go’  was  filmed  to  air  exclusively  in  over  1200  Journeys  stores,  during  a  campaign  that  will  run  in  Fall  2018. “We  don’t  need  to  be  defined  by  labels  and  we  can  turn  our  weakness  into  strength  with  a  lot  of  self  love,  radical  acceptance,  support,  therapy,  and  consistency.  If  I  can  get  through  my  traumas  and  turn  pain  into  power,  so  can  you”  is  one  of  her  anchoring  beliefs  and  much  of  the  purpose  behind  her  latest  web  series  ‘Self  Care  Sunday’.

The  identity  and  name  X.ARI  is  a  persona  that  was  adopted  amidst  working  on  her  debut  EP  in  2017,  which  she  has  stated  “became  the  birth  of  a  totally  new  process”.  She  goes  on  to  say  “In  Nordic,  ARI  means  eagle  and  in  Hebrew,  it  means  lion.  It  is  more  me  than  I’ve  ever  been”.

Her  debut  EP,  Tunnel  Vision  went  on  to  win  several  awards,  including  Artistic  Echoes  Indie  awards  for  ‘Best  Female  Artist’,  ‘Best  Album  of  the  Year’,  and  ‘Best  Single’,  for  the  title  track  ‘Tunnel  Vision’.  Her  single  ‘Teachers’  also  won  the  Indie  International  Songwriting  Competition  in  March  2018. In  addition  to  all  the  accolades,  X.  ARI  is  also  determined  to  give  back.  Proceeds  from  every  show,  music,  and  merchandise  go  to Jack.org, the  only  Canadian  charity  training  and  empowering  young  leaders  to  revolutionize  mental  health.  Through  their  programs,  Jack.org  is  ensuring  young  people  in  Canada  take  care  of  their  mental  health  and  get  the  help  they  deserve,  when  they  need  it.X.

ARI’s  music  is  aimed  to  serve  as  a  vehicle  for  expression.  2018  has  seen  the  release  of  her  most  recent  single  “Vapors”,  which  was  produced  by  Justin  Gray  (Mariah  Carey,  Joss  Stone)  and  premiered  on  Wolf  In  A  Suit.  This  came  fresh  on  the  heels  of  the  EP’s  announcement  and  first  single,  “Cattle  Call”,  which  came  out  on  October  2017,  was  produced  by  Drew  Skinner,  and  the  single’s  release  party  included  a  SOLD  OUT  performance  at  the  acclaimed  Toronto  venue,  The  Piston.

Currently  she  is  working  on  a  remix  for  her  latest  single  “Stay  v  Go”  with  Bimbo  Jones.  The  release  of  the  ‘Dis-Order’  EP,  will  be  followed  with  new  music  she  is  already  working  on  for  her  third  EP  with  Midi  Jones  (2Chainz,  Trey  Songz).

X.ARI
X.ARI,  the  Toronto  born,  LA  based  songstress  deftly  dances  in  and  out  of  genre  lines,  moving  from  enchanting  alternative  pop  to  gritty  hip-hop  production  under  a  cover  of  electronic  elegance.

Lenii – Human

Ellen Murphy know as the music artist Lenii is a singer, songwriter, music producer and multi-instrumentalist from Cork, Ireland. Her musical journey started with classical violin at age 4 but, since discovering the endless possibilities in producing electronic music, she developed a love for fusing different genres and styles. At 15 years old she moved to New York to further her skills in music production, and subsequently spent years involved in the underground electronic music scene.

Her first single release of 2018 is ‘Human’, a subject of 80’s synth-pop influences and a forward-thinking approach to the underground electronic music scene. Having originally composed ballads and instrumentals from as young as 7, her musical style now showcases the melodic songwriting from her roots, mixed with electronic production reminiscent of the 80’s synth-pop era.

Her music is centred around her ethereal vocals and moving lyrics that focus on social and emotional subjects. Sent awash by reverb-drenched anthemic beats and twinkling synthesizers that shine bright matching a starlit night, her delivery of effervescent vocal qualities and reflective lyricism shows her clear pop qualities on full display.

Commenting more on the single, Lenii states “Today’s world is so divided and when it comes down to it we’re all human, we all feel the same emotions and deal with the same things.”

Lenii
Ellen Murphy know as the music artist Lenii is a singer, songwriter, music producer and multi-instrumentalist from Cork, Ireland.

Polo – Louder Than Words

Polo

Following on from debut EP ‘Alice‘ and 2017 single ‘Zeitgeist’ – an exploration into the unspoken electricity of new human connections, Leeds trio Polo formed of songwriting trio Luke Lount, Kat McHugh and Daniel Edgell are continuing to push their niche of affective, dappled synth pop with new single ‘Louder Than Words‘.

 Maintaining the intimate themes of their previous work, the track finds McHugh drawing from the age-old adage ‘actions speak louder than words’ and placing it in the context of a personal episode from her own life. “The song is about trying to find the right words to say to someone that you’re close to before there is a big change in the situation,” she explains. “It highlights how hard it is to find the right things to say when I had a million things running through my head, but also finding comfort in knowing deep down that those true feelings were shown through my actions.”

 Written in the band’s hometown of Beeston in Leeds – an area they knowingly describe as “famous for being a total dive“, ‘Louder Than Words‘ is about as far from its rough and ready birthplace as you could hope to get. Taking Polo’s characteristic bubbling synths and glossy, high-shine textures, it’s a track that embraces the sheen of studio polish whilst also ringing with a very human heart underneath. “Although the song is introspective and covers a relatively tough period, it ultimately embodies personal empowerment and not forgetting the good times,” says Lount. “The music has all of our typical wobbly bits, but over a more refined and cleaner backdrop. We love to have a lot of fun when producing our music and we spend a great deal of time exploring new ways to create wacky and unique sounds.”

 At its heart though, beneath the playful, plinking synth splashes that dance throughout or the subtle, undulating bassline that roots it down, ‘Louder Than Words‘ is an instant earworm that proves that Polo are growing as songwriters of clout even without the extra tricks. “It’s nice to have a song that sounds good, but if at its heart there is no substance, you know it”ll never go too far,” nods Lount. It’s a problem they certainly won’t have to worry about. 

Polo
Following on from debut EP ‘Alice’ and 2017 single ‘Zeitgeist’ – an exploration into the unspoken electricity of new human connections, Leeds trio Polo formed of songwriting trio Luke Lount, Kat McHugh and Daniel Edgell are continuing to push their niche of affective, dappled synth pop with new single ‘Louder Than Words’.

Corella – Caught Up

Corella

Fresh indie-pop quartet Corella started their journey in Manchester early 2016. Joel (Vocals/Guitar), Ben (Vocals/Bass), Jack (Guitar) and James (Drums) are currently bouncing between the studio and the road with their powerful vocals, melodic guitars and pulsating drums.

Their 5 singles have been supported by the likes of BBC Introducing, ITV’s ‘This Morning’, Manchester United, BMX brand ‘Mongoose’, and Spotify playlist’s ‘The Indie List’ and ‘Indie Roadtrip‘ both with over 195k followers.

A busy festival season included appearances at Truck, Y NOT, Blackthorn, Tramlines, Ramsbottom and Edinburgh Fringe, followed by a UK tour in October including their biggest headline show to date at a sold out Academy 3 in Manchester.

The lads have an upcoming Spring tour with shows across the UK including a headline show at the iconic Band on the Wall in Manchester.

Corella
Fresh indie-pop quartet Corella started their journey in Manchester early 2016. Joel (Vocals/Guitar), Ben (Vocals/Bass), Jack (Guitar) and James (Drums) are currently bouncing between the studio and the road with their powerful vocals, melodic guitars and pulsating drums.

I Am Hill – Give It A Rest

I Am Hill

I Am Hill Wrote, produced, recorded, and performed Give It A Rest entirety by herself. Give it a Rest is an expression of sarcastic frustration with capitalist patriarchy. It was performed on an Oberheim analog synthesizer, with the beat created using Native Instrument’s Maschine. Most of the verse vocals were recorded on Apple earbuds. Most of this was done between the hours of 2 and 5am.”

“Writing GIAR (Give it a Rest) was really a weird experience. I was feeling some crazy burnout after the last tour, I didn’t know if I’d ever write a song again. I was working nights, so I was getting home at like 4am after long hours in a loud, high intensity night club. So I’d usually be buzzing when I got home from work and need to come down”.

“One night I was driving home and blasting tunes and I got this beat in my head… when I got home I frantically plugged in my setup so I could “catch” the song. I made GIAR from top to bottom that same night, and tracked scratch vocals on my earbuds, which I ended up keeping for the verses. It had this ‘fuck it’ vibe that I couldn’t throw away. I didn’t even know what the song was about until like 48 hours later. It just came out”.

Give It a Rest, is scheduled for release in 2018. You’ll also be able to hear title track in exclusive rotation on KCRW as well as now at IX Daily”.

I Am Hill
Written, produced, recorded, and performed in it’s entirety by iamhill herself, GIAR (Give it a Rest) is an expression of sarcastic frustration with capitalist patriarchy. It was performed on an Oberheim analog synthesizer, with the beat created using Native Instrument’s Maschine. Most of the verse vocals were recorded on Apple earbuds. Most of this was done between the hours of 2 and 5am