With her new single “Dopamine High”, the 20-year-old emerging Swedish artist named Yaeger lets us enter her world; a bubbly, adventurous and yellow one, with surprises in every corner. The single is inspired by the ecstatic and releasing experience at raves, where the story of “Dopamine High” takes place. It’s about two young lovers, who after an intimate and electric first meeting, they do not dare to let their desires guide them back to each other. Instead, they get caught up in careers. Each hurrying, and looking for something they cannot define. The core feeling of the song is the thrilling moment when they meet again and ignore all the questions about when and why. “It’s that Dopamine High of feeling alive”, Yaeger explains.
Vicky Warwick is a British artist, operating under the moniker of Ainslie.
Ainslie comes from a world of being a called upon side-woman in the music industry; as a session musician she was hired for many musical artists and occasions, whether it be playing a sweaty sold-out show in Florida with Charli XCX or appearing on award shows with Cee Lo Green.
Her first job in the music industry was as the in-house bassist with the renowned pop-production house, Xenomania (Cher, Kylie Minogue, Pet Shop Boys, Girls Aloud, Sugababes). It was such a privileged insight into how pop music was made, Ainslie soaked up each experience there. Whilst she was always writing music, she didn’t really take her own voice seriously until a few years later on.
Her need to make music started as a form of anxiety – the good kind – when she would spend months away from home on the road. So starved for personal time, she itched to be spending whatever time she had writing music; whether it meant finding a quiet corner of the tour bus, or an unoccupied room at a venue. For a long time, she didn’t know what exactly for, until she was penning ideas she knew she didn’t want to give to anyone else.
She had been writing songs in her home of London, and many other places over the world, but the project wasn’t fully realised until she moved to New York City in 2017. Something changed when she arrived; the colours were brighter, the people wilder, the ideas more far-fetched. Inspiration struck. Whilst taking some time off from long-term touring, she settled into the city and to the idea of putting out the songs she’d been singing to herself for a while. As she was getting out there, trying to meet and collaborate with the many creatives of the city to further her session playing career, it made her see that she should nurture the thing that was hers, and hers only. The thing that she could take with her wherever in the world she was. She realised it’s importance, and how in a whirlwind lifestyle of a touring musician, it was something that could be a constant. Her view of being a musician and not an artist had to shift, because it was time to break out of the mould she had made for herself.
Ainslie’s music draws from personal experiences but she also likes to imagine the world from other’s perspectives and explores themes of fantasies, inner thought and also comments on suburbia and aspects of our everyday lives. She claims to have felt a strange phenomenon since the birth of this project, a kind of synesthesia that when envisioning her music and the project, conjures images of pastel pinks, blues and turquoises, the sea and water, plants and soft textures of fluffy candy floss or velvet.
Her single Grow observes idyllic suburbia, and the human need to climb up the ladder of society. “I found myself walking in this beautiful neighbourhood being curious about the stories behind each person or family inside each house. Wondering if they are as happy as I imagined they were. What seemed like a perfect world, might be not what it cracked up to be, and I considered if it was what I would want for myself anyway. Society has taught us something we should strive for, so part of me was longing to live that life behind one of the perfect front doors, but part of me also felt a disconnect; it was far from what I truly want in life.”
Jade The Moon are an independent alt – pop band that consists of Dani, Benjamin and Jeremy who started making music from the age of six. They released a brand new single, “The Tide” as the second feature track from their upcoming new album, 11:11. The group says that the collection of tracks on the upcoming release are best described as “musical photographs”. A moment in time turned dance party, true story turned love song, a daydream turned eerie alt-pop lullaby. Real world inspiration. This is the follow up to the group’s self-produced 2015 debut release Habits and Hindrance sees the continued theme of “cycles” in human nature.
“We self produced our first record and our current record ’11:11′ was produced by Colin Munroe …except ‘HOTELS’ by Adam King. We are always very involved in every set of the creative process but it really helps to have some in the room to make sense of all the ideas. We are always looking to collab with new writers/producers. @mikkyekko if your listening ;)”
“Fall Tour Dates in the works. We will also be premiering our short film created and directed by Black/Cartel in Toronto last fall”.
LA-based pop-meets-R&B songstress Anna Dellaria returns today with her new single, “I Choose Me.” The anthemic new tune will also be heard on TV Land’s critically-acclaimed show Younger, starring Hilary Duff and Sutton Foster.
Premiering today on The New Nine, “I Choose Me” is a powerful anthem for anyone who has ever felt apologetic for who they are or are not. Driven by tight production, Anna’s smooth soulful vocals captivate during intimate verses before booming with unbridled power on the refrain.
On the powerful meaning behind “I Choose Me,” Anna writes, “It’s an anthem for anyone who’s ever been manipulated, taken advantage of, or felt worthless for not fitting some ridiculous standard. In which you choose to commit to yourself and honor who you are, whether or not people are going to like or understand it. So often we are told to hide the parts of ourselves labelled as “flaws”, instead of looking at them as pieces that demonstrate strength, authenticity and character. ‘I Choose Me’ is the moment you decide to say “f*ck that – I’m enough” and aims to allow those vulnerabilities to empower us instead of living with them as chains we can’t break and must make up for. ”
In keeping with the spirit of the song, Anna will also be donating a part of the proceeds collected from the song to Girls Inc of Alameda County. The organization gives girls from underprivileged neighborhoods the opportunities and resources that can help shape them into strong, smart, and bold young women.
A recent graduate of USC’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, Anna has truly honed her vocal and writing skills over the past few years – and it shows. She kicked off her career singing backup vocals for legendary acts such as John Fogerty and Chaka Khan.
Anna stepped into the spotlight last year with her single “Bolder,” landing a prominent sync of TV Land’s Younger and surpassing over 325K Spotify streams. With a rising profile, prominent furniture company Ethan Allen tapped Anna to sing in a national campaign that aired during the 2018 Academy® Awards.
Translating lyrical singer-songwriter catharsis a la Jeff Buckley through bold Aretha Franklin-style delivery, Anna Dellaria is quickly carving out a place of her own in the music industry.
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.
Aaron Taos is ready to seize his own parcel of the indie pop-rock landscape in 2018 — and Night Thoughts, the Brooklyn resident’s sophomore EP, serves as the blueprint for his takeover. The seven-track effort sees the self-taught artist’s bedroom noodling explode into a full-blown studio project with bolder sounds and bigger production. However, getting to this triumphant phase in his career was no clear-cut task.
Aaron Taos received his first guitar at only five years old. The New Haven, Connecticut suburbanite kid’s affair with the instrument was fleeting as he became more interested in hip-hop and a promising soccer career, even playing in the state’s Olympic Development Program. It wasn’t until he encountered bands like Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes in high school that music re-established its magic hold on his creative aspirations.
“My first instinct is to write songs,” Aaron Taos says of his artistic drive. “When I first got a guitar when I was little, the first thing I wanted to do was write songs. I didn’t want to learn covers; I wanted to make something new. I really like making tangible things out of ideas.”
As a 16-year-old, those ideas first manifested as a garage rock band with some fellow jocks. Still, athletics remained his primary focus — until he took those talents to college. He quickly found enthusiasm for soccer quashed by too much structure and a lack of creativity, so he resolved to turn fully to his true muse: Music. Between classes, Taos holed up in his school’s computer lab, instructing himself in the production arts. “My friends would make fun of me because I was always there watching tutorial videos, learning how to use Logic,” he recalls.
Literally learning as he went, he was resolute in his passionate pursuit. He moved home before relocating to Brooklyn for a Sony Legacy internship, all the while forging his debut EP, 2015’s GUITS. Lo-fi by necessity, the project “was really a bedroom experiment with guitar in a way I wanted to do it,” he says. “Just looping. It was my first time mixing anything from scratch.” Despite its novice DIY nature, GUITS drew attention from publications like Consequence of Sound, The FADER, Brooklyn Vegan, and Pigeons and Planes; it even landed Taos a manager. With minimal assistance or formal musical education, Taos felt himself fast-tracked to pop success.
Until the reality of the situation slowed everything down. His recordings’ homegrown nature made them intriguingly sincere, but ill-prepared him for the actuality of the industry. Taos went from training himself to being thrust into writing rooms from LA to Sweden and shown all sorts of contracts and licensing deals. It was a lot to absorb for someone who just wanted to create.
“It was a double-edged sword,” says Taos of his quick come-up. “It gave me a reason to say, ‘I can actually do this. I’m going to do this.’ But it also stopped my progress in some ways. I met a lot of cool people, I became a better songwriter, but I wasn’t making anything tangible for me.”
Throughout that year of fruitless co-writing sessions, he nevertheless kept learning, refining his craft while awaiting that serendipitous spark to reignite his artful ambition. Without warning, it returned full force when Taos found himself in the right room with the right song and the right producers. The production team was LA duo TÕN and the song was his early 2017 single “Off My Mind”. A hook-riddled groove of yearning desire mixing GUITS‘s guitar sound with “hard-hitting hip-hop-ish drums,” the track catalyzed a new flurry of writing, recording, and releasing.
Yet, just as his music was becoming more dynamic, his personal life was stagnating. His relationship with his girlfriend, who had been there since the beginning of this journey, was coming to a crossroads. Taos now had to find a way to explore his new sonic growth while simultaneously dealing with a broken heart. Ever self-aware, he determined the best way to progress with both was to capture it all on Night Thoughts.
“This EP, for me, is to conceptualize what I am and what I’ve done, what this time meant to me,” Taos reflects. “It’s me retrospectively making sense of my life at that time personally and musically.”
As a result, Night Thoughts plays through the timeline of a relationship. The sleek, sexy tones of opener “Amazing” capture that first rush of attraction. Driving and syncopated, the hard-thumping “Twisted” expresses the dumbfounding anxiety of obsession with psychedelic licks nodding to Taos’ love of Tame Impala. Straightening himself up, Taos gets lost in the cool, carefree joy of true love on “Only One”, only to wistfully stumble on the dance floor as he recognizes a potential end with “Not Over Yet”.
More than just romantic contemplation, though, the EP is truly a time capsule of Aaron Taos’ last three years. It’s the result of a burgeoning musician’s quest to become the type of recording artist he knew he could be. Although it stands as validation that he’s succeeded, it also marks the end of this chapter in his life. It places this young songwriter on the edge of darkness, just stepping forward to meet whatever comes next. There, in those moments before the breaking dawn, live twilight ruminations rich with vulnerability, pleasure, and heartache — the Night Thoughts.
Boys Choir is the new electronic prodigy from Scandinavia. A territory already renowned for its brilliant dance tunes. They deliver a true blend between pop and club music with their hard hitting tracks and infectiously catchy melodies. On June 8th they released their third single, “Sorry” – A lush, grand sounding track with punchy drums, massive synths and glimmering guitars. On vocals we find the amazing voice of HART.
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.
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
UHURU are a duo whose music knows no boundaries – even their name means “freedom” in Swahili. Bringing together dance, electronica and R&B, their sound is a vibrant fusion that takes up today’s post-genre challenge to create soul-infused, modern pop equally at home on radio or the dancefloor. “The mix of weird sounds which you can do now in pop really excites me,” says UHURU’s vocalist, songwriter and producer Connor Daniel. “Pop production now is the most exciting I’ve ever heard it.”
Still only 22, Daniel been making music since his early teens, when he began uploading unofficial dubstep mixes of Drake and Usher to YouTube. He now describes the tracks as “awful”, but they showed impressive studio skills, clocking up plays in the hundreds of thousands, earning him a feature on BBC Introducing and, more importantly, impressing his future bandmate Robert Jones when they met on a music technology course in their home town of Southampton.
“When I met Connor at college he was talking about having one of his mixes played on Introducing,” says Jones, “and I was thinking, This guy is big time!”
It turned out Daniel had his sights set well beyond the dubstep scene. His background, too, marked him out from his fellow students. Born in Kenya, Daniel spent his early years in the coastal city of Mombasa before his parents moved to the UK when he was six. “My mum’s family have been in Kenya for generations,” he says. “I’m proud of my Kenyan roots, for sure. I have tattoos to prove it!”
His parents also encouraged an early musical flair. “There’s videos of me when I was four years old tapping along to the beat of a Michael Jackson song,” he laughs. Later he developed into a gifted pianist, with a soulful vocal delivery that elevated early efforts at writing pop songs to echo those he was hearing on the radio.
Jones’s ancestry is somewhat less cosmopolitan – both parents are originally from Wales – but his wide-ranging musicianship has been key to UHURU’s development. Like Daniel, the 22-year-old plays five instruments, having first taught himself guitar as a teenager. “My family’s not musical at all,” he says, adding that he took inspiration instead from Nile Rodgers and Noel Gallagher. “Other than my grandad, that is. He plays euphonium with the Salvation Army.”
Having clicked as friends, Jones and Daniel initially formed UHURU as a four-piece band while still in Southampton. Daniel recalls their live set was mostly made up of “electro house and Chase & Status covers”, and it was only after downsizing to a duo that the current, more complex UHURU sound started to take shape. By the time they’d finished their studies in Southampton, both agreed they should continue working together – especially after being accepted onto courses at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford.
“It was all quite natural,” says Jones of the move. “We ended up in this little two-up, two-down and it had a conservatory. We used to practice in there, much to the annoyance of old Richard next door!”
Jones and Daniel, however, quickly impressed their tutors – not least former Prodigy drummer Kieron Pepper who came round to listen in on the conservatory sessions. With Daniel studying Electronic Music Production and Jones signed up for Contemporary Music Production, at this point neither quite knew what UHURU was going to sound like from one week to the next. But well aware that ACM had previously nurtured some major talents (Ed Sheeran is a former student), they relished feeding new experiences and influences into the mix.
“Connor would come back to the house with people that were on his course,” says Jones, “and we’d try and work out this cool new direction he wanted to go in.”
“I was trying to do really experimental, underground, future bass hip hop stuff,” laughs Daniel. “But from there I discovered that you can mix all of that into pop music, which is more what we’re pushing towards now.”
Currently holed up in a studio off the M25 where they’re mixing tracks for a forthcoming EP, UHURU is rapidly evolving beyond an experimental studio project. Attention-grabbing new songs such as Riddle and Thirsty show their ambition, updating contemporary R&B with neon-tinged synthpop and global beats in a way reminiscent of breakout acts such as Bondax and Mura Masa (“a huge inspiration, production-wise” says Daniel).
Daniel insists there’s much more to come – he has hundreds of melody lines and vocal fragments recorded on his phone. He’s also still restlessly seeking out inspiration from unlikely sources, whether it be his mum (she recently clued him into jazz maestro George Benson) or Justin Timberlake. “Songwriting and vocal-wise, I love Justin Timberlake,” he says. “People say to me, Is he a guilty pleasure? But there’s nothing guilty about me loving Justin Timberlake!”
With ideas flowing so fast, it’s not surprising Daniel and Jones are eager to take UHURU out on the road and test their songs on live audiences, not least during a busy summer festival season. But for all the stylish sophistication of their new material, Daniel says his aim remains the same as when they played student clubs in Guildford: to make people dance. “Put us on a stage in front of a crowd,” he grins, “and I think we can do the rest.”
The word is out: UHURU are on a mission to liberate your mind, body and soul.