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Courtnie Releases New Single “Dip” Produced By Brandon Combs

Take a dip in the reverbs.

Courtnie is an intriguing character with a fresh take on the stylings of R&B. She has accumulated support from publications such as  Saint Heron, Pigeons and Planes, The Fader, NPR and Billboard, and she continues to build a buzz as she constructs her artistry. In this new single “Dip”, she demonstrates the old school nature that she is well-aware of, taking it back to the roots of the genre. However, in the same way, she possesses a cutting-edge composition that makes the track her own, and releases the boldness that makes Courtnie her own in the lane.

With a fire and seduction like that of SZA and the forceful croons of Ella Mai, this chick makes the cut of a passionate R&B songstress in today’s music scene.  An aspect to notice, is how divergent Courtnie’s voice is in comparison to a lot of the artists today, and she is making sure that remains the case throughout her career.

This new track will appear off upcoming EP I Feel Like Color, that is set to release September 29th. The 6-track project will be a compilation of various records she has been working on in the past, and will re-emphasize the strength in her vocals.

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The percussion in the track resurrects an erotic feeling that is both anthemic and mellowing. The tempo change is a fierce move, that I am in love with, and adds another element of animation the already reeling track. Her voice waves in and out and up and down the steady beat painting the image of riffs taking dips into the stereos in the studio and absorbing the sound.

Courtnie is a dynamic like her music. Living in Chicago, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and currently: Brooklyn, New York, the girl has traveled to various parts and has picked up multiple perspectives of music. She’s also a writer, which helps develop the lyricist within as she prepares herself for a new project!

While you wait for her EP to arrive, follow and listen to her on SoundCloud, Instagram, Tidal, Apple Music and Spotify!

 

 

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Dude Madison Collabs with Scotty Evil to Create “Rebel Soul”

 

The 90’s are back

In this cool, kick-back vibe, Dude Madison and Scotty Evil collaborate to create “Rebel Soul”. This smooth auto-tuned and raw piece is a simple flow with a vivid sound.

Hailing from New York originally, but residing in Ann Arbor, Michigan currently, Leo Gitelman, also known as Dude Madison, is a young artist with a massive passion. He’s basically just a kid with a vision and big dreams, and even talent. Listening to the song above, you’ll realize his attention to detail is impeccable as each beat and rhythm are in sync with the vocals. He produces a track that has both an element of nostalgia and novelty, which is a refreshing breath of fresh air from the current conformist sounds of hip hop we hear today.

Madison allows the echoes and synths to circulate delicately around the piano chords which vibrate throughout the song. Scotty Evil’s rapid fire of poetic language then takes the mic and the whole song becomes this concoction of dreams.

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Madison is actually still a student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and has been pursuing this love for music and production since he was a kid. Only now do we get to see it come to fruition and see him take the reins to prove himself a member of the music scene and with this track, I agree that he does leave a memorable impression.

The single is a preview of the EP the artist plans to release this week! The project will include the tracks: “808s & Ankleweights”, “Lala Lala La”, “Rocky”, “FCD”, “Rebel Soul”, and “Dice Roll”. A super well-constructed compilation of songs that deserves a listen!  Be sure to check it out when it releases soon!

And stay tuned and follow Dude Madison on social media SoundCloudFacebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram

Amy Cohen R&B/Pop-Soul Artist Debuts Seductive & Enchanting Single “Playing Games”

Playing silly little games

R&B is getting a fresh face to the scene. Singer/Songwriter Amy Cohen has released her hot rhythmic single “Playing Games” today, and it’s going to be a track all soul-pop fans are going to adore.

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Cohen takes a step into the wonderland of the music industry with a track that truly proves she’s a worthy contestant. Utilizing music as her outlet to self-expression and discovery, she took to the keys for sanctuary and found her real voice in the sounds she fabricated on her own. With a contemporary twist on the raw, authentic side of R&B, she pulls the emotions out of the listener. In this empowering song, both musically and symbolically, she speaks on behalf of women who have a lot to say, and can’t bring themselves to voice their troubles.

“Baby, you should put your pride aside for me, and I should put my pride aside for you” croons the soulful siren.

The angelic and endearing sounds of the composition and the velvety voices overlaid is reminiscent of Kehlani because of how they both use intonations of melancholy sung within an optimistic tune. It’s all an enchanting experience of love and realization and seductive.

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“I draw from personal experiences when I write, starting with honest lyrics and slightly broadening the story to universally resonate with listeners”, Cohen delineates as she discusses her relatable musical process.

Cohen explains that the song, “Playing Games”, “touches on the push/pull power dynamic we see so often in today’s relationships, emphasizing how simple it all could be if we just swallowed our pride and gave into what we want.”

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Cohen continues to grow as an emerging musician, and she shows the zeal and devotion to her artistry just from her tracks alone. Her vulnerable and confident tonal contradiction in each song she produces creates a very real feeling in her music, that comes from a humble, understanding place. In the past, Cohen has experimented with a collection of remixes and covers on Facebook, SoundCloud, and YouTube, but she’s pioneering her place in this music world now, and in doing so, is sharing her music with us all to enjoy and vibe to.

So be sure to listen to the track above, and follow Amy Cohen on social media: Instagram and Facebook

 

SAINT WKND Drops His Supreme Track Ft. MAX: “Survive”

 

EPIC, SUPREME, MAJESTIC

Welcome to the wonderland of bottled frustrations and sexual appeal. German producer SAINT WKND releases his phenomenal new single “Survive” ft. MAX, which released the other day via Ultra Music and Nothing Else Matters.

“and I don’t  know how I had excuses thought your juice was keep me alive / No baby yeah / Now I see it clearly / You’re not near me / Don’t need you to survive”

This erotic, funk fairy tale takes you on a wild ride of rage as the stunning vibrations of MAX take the melody and SAINT WKND’s compositions fill the air waves with sonic disposition.

“I get so fucked up on manipulation / Yeah frustration / You get off leaving me alone”.

The single is not only erotic, but also chilling, dreamy, and impactful. With arpeggios lining the way and whiny synths glazing the drums, the rhythm and beat come to life with an unreal flow that feels like the reincarnation of apocalypse thrown into a Generation Z era of sound.

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Just the lyric video alone is perfect enough in its simplicity, trekking the concrete on his skateboard steed, and escaping the thoughts of a mistaken lover. MAX’s strength in range is tested to its most intense limits as he slips into the falsettos  with the greatest ease to break down the walls.

The single sounds like a superhero track with the perfect villainous twist. The notes and lyrics in both the verses and the chorus are powerful, striking, and empowering, with just the right amount of edge to keep your soul  thrilled. “Survive” manipulates the body into contorted shapes as the music runs through the veins and captures your musical intrigue.

SAINT WKND and MAX teamed up for this fantastic release of a track that only accentuates their varying talents. SAINT WKND also dropped his debut EP ‘Golden Youth’ this year, which garnered over 7 millions streams and received attention from BBC Radio 1.

SAINT WKND (Maximilian Seethaler) himself from Germany and is only 22 years old, yet has the talents of producers who have worked in this industry for years. He has covered and remixed artists such as M83, Two Door Cinema Club, and Chet Faker, which then led him to reach play counts above and beyond 25 million streams! As a result, his music then excelled on the Hype Machine charts placing several #1 spots. This has been quite a year for the musician, as he has also had sets at this past summer’s Electric Forest, Bang On! Elements Campout, Splash House and Firefly, and will be at Lollapalooza (Berlin) in September!

 

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SAINT WKND said once “‘Survive’ started as an instrumental that I wrote between studio sessions in London. I was just playing around with an arpeggiator at first, liking how it sounded so weird. I sent a package of different beats over to MAX to see if he liked any, and included this one. It was a real surprise when he chose it, it’s so different. Working with him has been amazing – his vocal range is simply insane. As soon as he sent me his first vocals, the whole production for the song fell into place”.

 

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As for our other half, MAX (Max Schneider) is a New York City born pop-soul singer, actor & dancer. The artist now has over 1.2 million followers on YouTube and it doesn’t just stop there. He is known for his recent hit single “Lights Down Low” which earned over 70M streams. How did he reach stardom? YouTube had chosen his single “Gibberish” for the YouTube Music Awards, and after that breaking moment, his career took off. Already, the 25-year old has been honored as the MTV’s Artist to Watch and performed on NBC’s TODAY show. MAX all in all, was a big fan of the young producer’s work and reached out to be a part of this project, which then came to fruition as this stellar single.

So, what I’m saying is let this single move you. Let it re-instate the music you should love because something as well-constructed and as grand as this track, deserves the support and push to bring it to the next level of recognition.

SAINT WKND is now on tour and will be opening for Whethan as well on the Good Nights Tour! MAX will also be on tour with ROZES on their Meteor Tour, and will be coming to Boston, MA on November 7th at the Brighton Music Hall! So be sure to find out if the guys are coming to a place near you! Below are SAINT WKND’s Tour Information:

Upcoming SAINT WKND live shows:

AUG 30 - Flash, Washington, DC

SEP 02 - Both Coast Music Festival, Chicago, IL

SEP 03 - Electric Zoo, New York, NY

SEP 09 - Lollapalooza Berlin, Germany

SEP 30 - CRSSD Festival, San Diego, CA

OCT 24 - Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia, PA*

OCT 25 - The Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY*

OCT 26 - Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY*

OCT 27 - The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA*

OCT 28 - Le Belmont, Montreal, Canada*

OCT 29 - Velvet Underground, Toronto, Canada*

OCT 30 - Westcott Theatre, Syracuse, NY*

OCT 31 - Skully’s, Columbus, OH*

NOV 02 - Magic Stick, Detroit, MI*

NOV 03 - The Miramar Theatre, Milwaukee, MO*

NOV 4 - Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis, MN*

NOV 7 - The Blue Note, Columbia, MO*

NOV 8 - Canopy Club, Urbana, IL*

NOV 9 - Bluebird Nightclub, Bloomington, IN*

NOV 10 - Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI*

NOV 11 - Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL*

NOV 12 - Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL*

* Part of WHETHAN’S GOOD NIGHTS TOUR 2017

 

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starRo Recreates Little Monarch’s “No Matter What” into a Funky Wonderland

 

Funk & Vibe

The dazzling indie-pop band Little Monarch just gave their single “No Matter What” a little remix makeover with the electronic stylings of producer starRo. The Tokyo-born artist recently collaborated with the trio to recreate their feel-good track and give it a new kind of energy.  The producer is not just involved with the music scene, but is also engaged in the realms of high art and street culture, food, philosophy, culture, and even has created music for gaming soundtracks. You can hear that kind of thoughtfulness in the work he has put into this song alone. The band consisting of Casey K, Lanita Smith, and Justin Andres add a new flair with this remix of their pop/rock and soul quality.

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In this remix, the single is ignited with a new kind of metallic touch, slowed down to a more seductive level, and reborn into an futuristic era. However, at the same time, it’s too difficult to really pin point the generation the song affiliates with as starRo’s touch  on this remix kind of blasts it into every pocket of sound, with high balling synths, smooth vocals, and a funky riff in between.

starRo is also known for being recognized as the Soulection producer, which makes sense why he creates such great sensual material. What’s also great is that he doesn’t do too much to the original track, but only mellows it out more, serving the viral pop track justice to its original sound. Instead, he just elevates how fun it is, and accentuates its rhythm and beat.

The remix is now available on Spotify!

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Liked what you’ve just heard? Then be sure to to check them out and follow them on their socials!

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Mysterious Rap Artist Thatshymn Releases Erotic Single “Therapy”

That’s him

Needing a mind-unwinding hip hop melody? Then here is your next spin. The mysterious rap artist known as Thatshymn releases his next new single titled “Therapy” produced by Saidbysed.

The faceless artist has flow that is fire as he performs this monologue over a masterful composition. “Therapy” continues to lead you swaying and moving in circles and has to be one of the more impressive down-tempo hip hop tracks to come out these days. In fact, it has the statistics to prove that already accumulating  well over half a million streams in just its first week of release! With heavy rotation by the radio tycoon’s show, Zane Lowe Beats 1 Radio, he’s been filling the airwaves with “Therapy”‘s  tune.

Like a chant, the song whirls around in circles, hypnotizing you into its own form of musical therapy. Thatshymn’s voice is soothing and much like a spiritual incantation seduces you into the depths of the night.

“Therapy” is the rapper’s second single ever to drop after his first, breakout track “iKnow”.  As an emerging artist, the internet sensation has been proving himself worthy of the music scene’s attention, with his own intricate work in his songwriting. Even with all of this love, he still remains an enigma– not even Zane Lowe knows who is the man behind the music!

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His voice slips and slides so precisely over the reverb of the synths while the snares snap sharply back on the beat. The robust track is filled with pose and catastrophe all in one where euphoria and pleasure mixes with a dystopian, fragmented melody.

With the vocals of an artist like Bryson Tiller, the chill air of PartyNextDoor, and the ominous vibrations of Travis $cott, Thatshymn offers a combination of the three that fits a hip hop-lover’s paradise. So, listen to the track above now, wind down, let the music be the remedy, and let the session begin.

Follow him on Twitter and check out more of his music on Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud!

Ben Phipps, NYC Producer, Drops Irresistible Single “Mrs Mr” Ft. Lizzy Land

New Music Vibes for the weekend

Ben Phipps is an electro-indie producer with tracks that ignite a kind of exciting spark in your heart. The music is upbeat, dance-worthy, and charismatic. This NYC musician has created singles that allow the listener to find a happy place amidst the harshness of reality and expose the lightheartedness within. His new single “Mrs Mr” is out now, and it’s one you don’t want to miss. With the sweet vocals and mystifying lyrics by LA-based singer/songwriter Lizzy Land (Empire of the Sun, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, Pacific Air), Phipps is able to create an irresistible track that will forevermore surround your mind and soul.

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The song is playful, animated, and arousing. It’s the mature story of love with a childish remembrance of its fleetingness. The luxurious effect of ambience vibrates through the speakers as you listen to this whimsical single and the dizzying feeling returns as you are reminded of the emotions behind lust.

The instrumentals are impactful, with an intense depth, yet a serene and mellow tune. In addition, one talent Phipps possesses is providing his music with the perfect vocals to match his compositions. From Ashe, to Lizzy Land, to Mike Ruby, and more the songsters he chooses are always right on line of harmony and disruption that makes the song a thrill and rush to the head.

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He may be best known for his track, “I Don’t Think So”, but with this new release, “Mrs Mr” should be a hit that New Music Friday’s should be flocking to list.

The 26-year old producer is originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, but currently resides in his adopted home in NYC. With the partnership of 14&9 Records distributing his music, he now reaches a broader, more global audience. He has also had the chance to receive an immense amount of radio support from Sirius XM, as well as, synch placements in television and film, and more than forty-million streams for the entirety of his portfolio.

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With an intense desire to leap into the waters of the music scene, Phipps intends to take the underground electronic world one reverb at a time.

Connect with Ben Phipps now: Site, SoundCloud, Spotify, and if you liked the “Mrs Mr”, purchase the song now HERE

Aotu & Will Woodland Release The Best End to Summer Single “Balloon”

 

Too wild to steer

Aotu is a producer born on the islands and raised in the mountains. He’s the kind of artist whose music you will want to hear when your heart breaks or when you’re celebrating exciting news. It’s the kind of sounds that resonate most in every situation that make this dynamic musician a wild and exciting catch. “Balloon” is his most recent release (Aug 22) featuring the vocals of Will Woodland.  The single simply reminds you of the best and worst parts of love and childhood. Facing love and heartbreak of the one who got away, nostalgia and innocence are wrapped up inside the melodies and riffs of this indie-pop song. Aotu (pronounced ow-too) understands what it takes to be a hit and to be mainstream, and yet, how to still be underground chic enough to remain a hidden gem.

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“You’re my balloon
Too wild to steer”

Together, the pair wrote, composed, sang, produced, and mixed the track we hear above. With chopping synths and pan-pipe harmonies, the song becomes a hopeful breath of fresh air, ending our summer days with the perfect hint of longing. The bubbly undertones and the metallic “oh’s” echo throughout our listening experience as the music that he deems “cinematic club music” does in fact, become a visual and intricate adventure of noises and sounds. His music is naturally-inspired  relaying an organic feel via dreamy digital structures. Woodland’s voice than seamlessly whirls through the composition as note and key come together in a perfect marriage of sonic disarray.

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Be sure to check out both artists as they hopefully bring us more of their incredible, youthful vibes. I admit, I have had the song on repeat all day, and can’t get enough of it.

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