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Leah Kate – WTF?

Leah Kate is a New York City based artist whose music is a true embodiment of her IDGAF attitude. The left of center pop artist fuses her passion for creating relentlessly honest and relatable music with feel-good dance-worthy anthems.

Leah Kate has been on a lifelong journey of confidence and self-identity. Having grown up in Los Angeles with a family in media and submerged in the entertainment industry, she found herself under enormous pressure. The songstress decided to escape, moving to New York City, where she discovered her creative fulfillment, flourishing into who she is today.

The positive and determined young artist delivers listeners with her breathtakingly candid new releases. With each song rooted from some form of personal experience, Leah Kate tells a true story of a girl trying to figure it out alone like the rest of us. The six cutting-edge tracks, emit dark lyrics, swirling unexpected soundscapes and electronic pop elements, highlighting the ingenious songwriters use of innovative and charismatic songwriting.

Her leading single “WTF?” narrates the familiar story of being ghosted by a crush you were texting. These insecure and confused emotions are portrayed through the use of glossy electronic synths and vocal harmonies. Drenched in playful tones with an infectious chorus “WTF?” is a knockout pop hit. Leah Kate confides “I want to remind girls and anyone not to let someone make you think that YOU did something. Sometimes you have to make light of situations and know that it is not meant to be. Sometimes, you just have to laugh at situations and realize it’s just your ego talking, you probably don’t really give a fuck, be strong.”

Her 2nd upcoming single, “She Left Him With A Broken Heart” is a self-explanatory song, taking a very pessimistic view on love. Featuring brooding melodies and melancholy instrumentation the single evokes stunningly dark atmospheric pop. The next single, “So Good” represents Leah Kate’s go-getter personality – she knows what she wants and she won’t give up till she gets it. Sonically the single is an upbeat track with staccato beats and assured vocals.  

Leah Kate has found success performing at both London and New York fashion weeks, as well as having worked alongside renown industry professionals. Having garnered hundreds of thousands of streams on Spotify alone, Leah Kate is ready to deliver audiences with her new and most authentic vision to date.

Slayyyter – Mine

Slayyyter is a 22 year old pop artist from St Louis, MO who was recently named “the future of pop music” by FADER. Slayyyter’s music draws inspiration from Heidi Montag and Courtney Stodden accompanied by social posts reminiscent of the MySpace and AIM eras. Cosigns from Grimes, Charli XCX, Kim Petras, and more have helped her quickly amass a cult following, growing rapidly on Twitter and Instagram. With eight singles released to date, she is currently working on a debut LP and embarking on a US headline tour this summer, dates below.

Slayyyter really is the future of pop musicr” – FADER
“Slayyyter is music’s internet princess” – V Magazine
“Electro-pop newcomer Slayyyter serves shades of millennial pop, bringing everything from Britney to NSYNC to mind..” – Billboard
“Slayyyter Is 2018 Pop, inspired By 2007 Britney, Lindsay, and Paris – PAPER

Slayyyter has released a viral brand new single “Mine.” The single debuted with Billboard Magazine here and is available to stream now here. Prior to release, a 10 second snippet of “Mine” garnered 500k+ views across several fan-made dance videos and reposts.

Speaking about the song, Slayyyter told Billboard, “I first heard the demo when I was in LA in December, Robokid played it for me at a session and I fell in love with it. Good Intent wrote the first version I heard and I immediately felt like it was a hit. I got home, after putting it off for a while I finally recorded the vocals for it in my closet till like 7 am. It’s basically a bouncy lovey-dovey house track about wanting someone really bad. I got the first mix back and posted a 15 second snippet of the chorus on a whim and twitter lost its mind. I hope people show the song as much love on Valentine’s Day as they did the snippet! It’s the perfect soundtrack for drunken sex in the back of an Uber!”

Slayyyter has announced a headline tour of US dates this June, with support from Robokid and Boy Sim. These tour dates will be Slayyyter’s debut live performances.

June 25, 2019 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere Zone One 
June 26, 2019 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s Tavern
June 27, 2019 – San Fransisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop
June 29, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo

SYLK – ALL IN UR HEAD (Feat. Daragh Locke)

SYLK are a female electronic duo based in Ireland. Their sound is noir-pop with an edge, melodic while industrial, laced with distortion and a heavy bass that compliments their underground aesthetic. It is the blend of these elements that create SYLK’s signature darkwave sound, which compliments their energetic live show where they incorporate intensive visuals. They began their musical journey with the release of ‘Am I Alone’, followed by their acclaimed EP ‘nwyr’, which led to standout appearances at Forbidden Fruit Festival, Body & Soul, Hard Working Class Heroes, Electric Picnic as well as headlining the legendary Button Factory– to name a few. Ireland’s foremost music blogger, Nialler9, described them as an exciting “cross between Massive Attack and FKA Twigs”, and the premiere music magazine Hot Press classing the duo as ‘having already established a reputation for themselves as being a darkly mysterious, neon-soaked duo. SYLK are doing everything musical to establish themselves as an emerging Irish act.’

“Something tells us SYLK have an insatiable desire to infiltrate our airwaves and crawl under your skin. Y’know, we might just let them.” –GOLDEN PLEC

JAIME feat. KEMELION – WITH YOU

Cihan Ozaman is a producer, singer and songwriter known as Kemelion. He was born in Istanbul, grew up in Paris and went to school in Hannover. Currently he lives in Stuttgart and often commutes to the Alps, where he works with the producer Joe Styppa aka Jaime (drummer of Cro, Cassandra Steen, Estikay, KMN Gang) on his debut EP, which will be released in spring 2019.

On January 25, 2019, they released the fourth single by Jaime “With You (feat. Kemelion)”, which will also be available together with” Over Us “on the debut EP of Kemelion. He combines oriental beats with groovy bass lines that are beating through the melodic walls of the synthesizers. On top you hear guitar licks with different funk & pop influences. His striking voice complements the 26-year-old with huge choirs and harmonies. He describes his own musical genre as “Modern Electro Pop”. Kemelion does nothing be behind his music. He becomes one with it. In March 2018, Kemelion had applied for the nationwide band promotion Play Live. Against 60 artists, he made it through live performances to the last top 4. In December 2018, the final took place at the Scala in Ludwigsburg where he convinced the jury again and earned a slot at the 2019 Stuttgart Electronic Music Festival.

Ainslie – Grow

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.”

Ainslie
Vicky Warwick is a British artist, operating under the moniker of Ainslie.

My Brothers And I – Heartbeat

My Brothers And I consists of Wurgler brothers Erik (bass/vocals), David (lead vocals), and Scott (drums), along with childhood friend Jordan Roach (guitar), released their debut full-length album Don’t Dream Alone in 2015, which led to a feature in Amazon’s “The Next” new artist program. To date, the album has garnered over 15 million streams, with special emphasis on standout selections “Nowhere To Run” and “Scars.” In addition, it received over a dozen syncs for TV programs Queen Sugar and Pretty Little Liars. Several of their songs have also been licensed for commercial campaigns, including “Na Na Na” which received wide exposure in an ad for Clark’s men’s footware. Their various tours and festival appearances have resulted in a number of high profile performances that found them supporting the likes of St. LuciaMisterwivesAllen StoneFamily of the Year, Saint Motel and others.

My Brothers And I
My Brothers And I consists of Wurgler brothers Erik (bass/vocals), David (lead vocals), and Scott (drums), along with childhood friend Jordan Roach (guitar)

Jade The Moon – The Tide

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”.

Rivoli , CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK, Toronto.
Pianos , New York
Soho House , Toronto 
Mod Club , Toronto 
Fox Cabaret , WESTWARD FESTIVAL Vancouver.

Jade The Moon
Toronto’s Jade The Moon has 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”.

Anna Dellaria – I Choose Me

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.

Anna Dellaria
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 tomorrow (July 10th) on TV Land’s critically-acclaimed show Younger, starring Hilary Duff and Sutton Foster.

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.

Aaron Taos – Voodoo

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.

Aaron Taos
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.