All posts by Neelu Mohaghegh

Ro Ransom Stops The World with Leven Kali & This Pop-Rock Single

A Sweet Trap Serenade

Ro Ransom has been killing the game, with every song and with every collaboration. So why not crush it with this single, “Stop The World”, too, along with the talents of neo-soul pop artist Leven Kali? Mystery Boy and Palm King demonstrate their abilities in the field of sonic inflections by throwing us a sweet riff about giving up the world for the one you love. Together, they create a catchy, rhythmic Rap-N-B track that runs circles around our head and keeps us grooving to the beat.

“Stop The World” appears on Momentum, which is to be Ransom’s debut project.

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The infectious single was produced by Leven Kali, mixed by Andrew Wright, and mastered by Peter Letros. So with this detailed team, Ransom is able to construct the perfect tune with a beautiful pop-rock beat. His hip hop vocals somehow alter into the perfect match up to his voice, and it all just rides so smoothly. As if it’s a dark fairytale, the song creeps into your heart with intricate guitar whines, airy violin screams, and robotic voices.

“Stop the World” is an experience of its own. Close your eyes and you can feel the endearing touch of the song as cold as metallic drums against skin or hot steam emerging from city streets and slowly passing you in the darkness of the night. You can feel the lonesomeness of Ransom and Kali take the mics and soundboards as they try to emphasize the efforts they would take to prove their emotions, and for just a moment, the melancholy track sounds optimistic and hopeful.

If you remember, we have reviewed both Kali and Ransom in the past, and we have never had anything but amazing things to say about these two talents who take their music and morph them to their own indescribable masterpieces. Of course, their collaboration did not leave us disappointed.

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Ransom, the master of disguise himself, is making moves on the scene receiving over 12M streams on Spotify with his music alone. New York’s Ransom has already had the honor of touring with Dua Lipa, has gone gold with Khalid, where he had co-written Khalid’s single “Let’s Go”, collaborated with Jazz Cartier, sung on tracks produced by Mike WiLL Made It, and now joins forces with Kali and will be performing on the same stage as Kyle.

So there is still more to see from these two! So be sure to stay tuned and follow them on social media to catch up with the latest happenings on their paths below!

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Izzy Bizu Creates Jazzy Electronic Remix of “White Tiger” with Cat Carpenters

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Fierce and full of elegance, this ferocious singer is sure to win your heart. There’s just no two ways about it. Her voice is fun and unique. She reminds you of the 50’s with her angelic and floral “ooo’s”, but brings you back to the 80’s with her pop beats, and then leads you to the 21st century with her modern hooks and electronic trills. Now, Bizu is really blending all worlds together creating a fusion of her own with this remix of her recent single off her 2016 A Moment of Madness album, “White Tiger”.

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The remix is composed and produced by the masterful electronic female duo, Cat Carpenters, who really give the track a sudden bounce that will make it a hit in the clubs and on the streets of cement jungles and sodium lit wonderlands. They stay true to its jazzy base, but also add a dose of soul to allow the song to be dance-worthy. With Bizu’s melodic high notes and riffs, the music that Cat Carpenters provide is accentuated and dances along side Bizu’s ever-flowing vocals.

The “White Tiger” remix is hypnotic, trance-like, and beautiful. Every sound transitions sweetly into the next noise that is about to enter the song and infiltrate the soundscape. It’s a fun tune, and it’s the perfect way to end the long summer days.

 

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This stunning girl herself is ray of sunshine musically and is talented in the art of genre fusion. In the past, the 22-year old has had the chance to collaborate with HONNE on their track “Someone Loves You”. This UK it-girl is currently touring the states with Coldplay on a massive run, stopping in cities like NYC, Boston, Chicago and many more, so be sure to check her out when and if you can! You won’t want to miss it!

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Pop-Electronic Princess Dominique Releases New Single “Use Me”

Baby, I’ll produce your song

And so she does. Dominique is an artist to keep on your radar, there’s no doubt about that. With her delicately built tracks, we get a simple yet intriguing artist who grabs attention with her music that she creates completely on her own. Following her cover of Cassie’s “Me & U”, which was supported on Buzzfeed, the singer/songwriter released this new single “Use Me”.

The song is a great example of her pop abilities, reminding you of artists such as Elohim and KLOE with their alternative, quirky female power voices. “Use Me” is a fun, spunky, and cool-girl themed vibe. It gives us off a feeling of being the rebel with a cause. You can hear the 808 basses used to construct the first layer of the track and how it is carried along with her voice, which is emoting feelings of anger, frustration, and desire. “Use Me” is an exhilarating song perfect for the summer jam anthem season. The song is upbeat and almost motivating, though it is completely a disheartening topic of re-finding oneself and being lost in the first place. She is an extremely talented young woman who is relatable, intelligent, and passionate about the music.

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Dominique began her interests in the electronic realms of music while she was studying at New York University. At the time, the songstress was majoring in Biology, but to fill her time, she learned how to use music productions softwares such as Ableton Live, and then began to collaborate with other producers. This made her realize that she truly enjoyed this field and wished to pursue it whole-heartedly.

With a few singles released, filling out her resume, Dominique completed her debut EP in 2016. Almost instantaneously, the project received critical acclaim by sources like Entertainment Weekly, The 405, and Earmilk. The entirety of the EP was a DIY project where she had self-produced and self-released it all on her own. With over 2 million streams on Spotify now, and three Hype Machine chart positions, she is on her way to higher ground.

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Dominique fills us in on what her most personal song “Use Me” was inspired by:

“‘Use Me’ is a track about being so hopelessly in love with someone that you’d do anything and everything just to be around them. Although the vibe of the song feels more upbeat and happy, it’s one of the saddest songs I’ve ever written. The song itself feels like a turning point in my artistic direction as most of my life has changed since I put out my EP in December. The music I’m writing and the songs I’m producing sound quite different from my older material and I feel like I’m evolving as an artist. I’m also pursuing different projects in my career, like producing for other artists. ‘Use Me’ details one of my first experiences doing so.”

The New York City artist is not stopping here now! With her synths and boards by her side, she intends to release another project soon and prepares to put on some big shows.

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RKCB and Their Erotic, Whimsical, & Episodic Music Video “Alone, With You”

 

RKCB did the thing- they made a masterful, whimsical masterpiece of visual creation

The electronic, down-tempo duo, consisting of Riley Knapp and Casey Barth, have constructed this beautiful and epic music video titled “Alone, With You” to accompany their three recent singles and give us a short film to help us visualize the songs as they were meant to be seen and heard. The video was premiered on Nylon today bringing the much-needed recognition it deserved.

With the impeccable, mystifying directing and producing talents of Cue The Bird (JP Stiles + Harrison Macks), RKCB is able to provide a piece of art to be proud of. This is an actual video that you can touch and feel. The lighting, the dancing, the movement, the music, the angles and perspectives inject doses of primal, visceral, charming, and poignant effects to our bodies for the entirety of the 6 minutes and 41 seconds.

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Truly sexistential, “Alone, With You” is redefining, challenging, questioning, and experimenting with one’s own sexual desires. The characters are monstrous, vicious, attractive, and adored. Overall, “Alone, With You” is an irresistible adventure of lust and despair that carries you on a velvety path, torn by the heart breaks of these lovers and RKCB’s lyrics. The songs are perfectly ordered beginning with “Vice”,  followed by “Bloom” and concluded by “Naive”.

The seductive contemporary dance brings this thrilling and heart-breaking visual escapade to life. The body contortions, the hallucinogenic scenes, the flaura, and the lingerie all act as part of an exciting sensual journey. Every facial expression depicts the episodes of a rocky relationship perfectly matched to the hues of fogged out rooms and vintage film reels. From beginning to end, the story unfolds before our eyes, flawlessly soundtracked to RKCB’s stunning singles.

Confusion, love, and remorse & vengeance, these are the emotions  we endure in this cinematic experience.

At every moment, I felt a deeper and deeper connection to the characters, and each time I watched, I felt as though I found more, and saw more. This music video is the perfect balance of going beyond the expected and staying simply true to the messages behind the music.

The final scene is an enrapturing scene of the male protagonist jumping into the air, as a transparent RKCB logo consumes and erupts from his head, ending an era and satisfying our souls.

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Axel Mansoor’s Dreamy Remix of “Wasted My Love” by Sleeping Lion

Sleeping Lion dreams again tonight

and this time, they’re dreaming via Axel Mansoor’s recent release, “Wasted My Love”. With their spellbinding rendition of this track, we envision the song in a whole new dimension.

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With Mansoor’s original angelic vocals and ghostly falsettos, his intonations for broken hearts and unproductive time spent on love move and pull hearts in directions all over the place. In the remix, the song is only augmented into a novel electronic genre of its own. From the serene indie-pop waves, we are re-gifted a song with a new filter, layered in action, coated with shadowy, dreamy undertones, and dusted with robotic intonations. In this version of the track, it comes to life, breathing a fiery intensity erupting from the bass, through the synths, and out through the vocals and speakers. The single received recognition and was premiered by Beautiful Buzzz the day of its release.

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The song was also remixed by Dulsae, in a more intense, club-like way that also offers a different perspective of and emotion from the track. Listen to that version HERE.

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“Wasted this love, you wasted my love. Well, I guess it’s time to move on to the next best thing…” sings Mansoor as he enters into a post-apocalyptic whirlwind of his own melody. Imagine a heart-broken by a lover and the original version of the song being the emotions you present on the surface, but when you dig deeper, what’s truly happening inside is this remix– is this chaotic harmony, bursting into sonic orchestral destruction that takes you through the ups and downs of sensations the heart and mind is feeling at this moment.

So, take a step into this wonderland of new sound that Sleeping Lion so masterfully remixes of Axel Mansoor’s best song yet, “Wasted My Love”.

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“Lose It All” with Swedish Producer Finis Mundi’s Amazing Dance Track

Stockholm Syndrome

Get lost in this hypnotic single “Lose It All” by the Stockholm-based producer himself, Finis Mundi.

It has an incredible rhythm and a striking vocal progression that carries on throughout the song making the Mura Masa-esque track a  melange of hip hop & pop sensation. The song is seriously irresistible, and it just happens to captivate you and your dance soul so intensely that it you can’t keep from replaying it over and over again.

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This being Mundi’s second single yet, it’s already a masterpiece! Raised in Lindingö, Sweden, the producer has quite the expertise in the art of sonic design. The mystery man behind the sound had released his debut single “Say That” (featuring NOVAA), which proceeded to receive half a million streams and ranking at No. 22 on the Spotify Global Viral Charts! “Say That” is an ominous melody, yet for his second record, Mundi took a new spin with a more upbeat tone and a harder impact in order to let the vibe resonate within the spaces of the room. The fragmented automaton voices layered over the sounds of oriental plucks and reverbs of the continuous loop of synths is spellbinding and mesmeric.

“Lose It All (What If)” is a tidal wave building up and slowing down in just the correct areas and diversifying its sound in just the right ways. In fact, it will be interesting to see where this song will lead to as it seems to be an even cleaner, more-constructed track compared to the first. We should expect to see this artist more often as his productions are heard and recognized for their artistry. Mundi is only getting better and has proven his first success worthy of the streams it received, so why shouldn’t this single be just as (if not more) triumphant?

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Listen to the track above, dance your heart away, and be sure to check out his socials~ Facebook Twitter Instagram SoundCloud

[Ones to Watch]: Live Nation Presents Allie X & Buddy – LA

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ONES TO WATCH STRIKES AGAIN FT. ALLIE X & BUDDY

Back at it again with Live Nation’s incredible event that showcases some of the most talented up-and-coming artists today! Ones to Watch has to be one of the best ideas in the music industry and for it. On the hunt for new talent, OTW scouts search and seize those they find have incredible musical skills and potential and bring them to this one night where they are seen by many within the music business world!

Last wednesday, (August 2nd), OTW presented us two artists of different genres who truly have a passion for their art and a talent that will most likely blow up on the charts at some point!The crowd that night was ecstatic as all filed in to get their free shirts from Bella X Canvas and The Shirt Agency and to get their free beverages from the bar. The room decorated with chandeliers looked fantastic under the lighting and the glass windows showed off a perfect sunset to start the night.

To set the scene, the event unfolds before our eyes on a simple stage of mics, seats, a drum set, a rug, and a “One to Watch” projected backdrop.

Artist 1: Allie X (Electronic-Pop):

Allie X is a radiant character hailing from Oakville, Ontario. Her real name is Alexandra Ashley Hughes. She originally came from a classical piano, opera, and musical theatre background, and it wasn’t until 2014 when she started to outgrow that scene to enter into the world of pop and electronica. Her first ever released single was “Catch”, which Time magazine had written about. Her music can be described as whimsical, positive melancholy, and enchanting. They’re hypnotic in their own way with her strong, yet serene vocals and she just manages to shock you with that electric feel. She will remind you of Betty Who, Charli XCX, and upbeat Lana Del Ray, and Ashe.

In 2015, she released her debut EP CollXtion I and in 2017, she released her sophomore EP CollXtion II. She has drawn quite the crowd through the power of her music and with her inquisitive nature and her fascinating personality, she draws attention to herself. She exposes a whole new side of the nature of pop to her fans and listeners. Truly a talent, she is one to watch.

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Artist 2: Buddy (Hip-Hop/R&B):

The second artist at the event was Buddy, a young man from Compton, CA who will remind you of artists such as Mack Wilds, Tunji Ige, and Saba. Simmie Sims (aka Buddy) has a cutting-edge sound to offer the hip-hop world. He was known for his impressive rap battles in the LA scene and starting at the age of 11, Buddy was performing in various showcases, and writing and performing for a rap collective. He was found out by DJ Casanova who then decided to take the budding rapper under his wing to help construct his style and discover his musical persona.

Soon after, Pharrell would find Buddy and mentor him. Together, the two produced Buddy’s single “Awesome Awesome” with the Neptunes. Buddy spits fire and will remind you of the skillful, witty tricks of Vince Staples, but he will also remind you of the fun, light-hearted stylings of Smino. He’s a new taste for hip hop. He recently collaborated with KAYTRANADA to create his EP Ocean & Montana. He will also be on a US tour with KYLE this fall, so be on the lookout for this one to watch.

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Find more emerging artists, here at OnesToWatch.com!

Jez Dior Cruises in Symbolic Music Video for Single “Sober”

 

King of the Desert Roads

Epic Records hip hopper, Jez Dior, just released the music video for his first major record label single, “Sober.” In this balladic rap track, Dior designs a song that presses the boundaries of modern hip-hop with a hypnotic piano riff at the beginning and an addicting tune. Recently premiered on Complex, the music video shows a new side of the song to emphasize its simplicity of sound and complexity of meaning. The visual was directed by the talents of Shane Drake (Timbaland, Avril Lavigne,  Fall Out Boy).

During the progression of the visual, the Los Angeles-based artist is found in various scenarios of solitude facing himself and his delusions. At one point, he is singing from the back of a self-driving pickup truck in the middle of nowhere which then eventually transforms into the intensity of him breaking objects and items in a small, abandoned shack. The whole entirety of the story of “Sober” is about Dior’s experiences of moving into a new world as his music begins to take off and he would have to move from his SoCal life to the wild Los Angeles routine. The song is dark and ominous, yet it is directed very impressively in terms of lighting, especially during the scene when the tepee in the night of the desert is on fire and juxtaposes the light of the flames. The music video has thus far generated over 379K plays on Spotify and “Sober” was included on Spotify’s playlists New Music Friday and R&B Right Now.

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“We really tried to portray the meaning of the song through our visuals. Shane [Drake], whom I’ve known for many years did an amazing job showcasing the way I felt when my life was spiraling out of control when I first moved to Hollywood. The shoot was one of the tougher ones, as it was around 117 degrees the whole time, but I love how it turned out, so it was all worth it” says the 25-year old artist.

Watch the video above now!

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