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

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

 

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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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[Premiere]: Hip Hopper Caliph Establishes The Meaning of “Life of the Party”

 

Defining the life of the party.

Caliph, a U.S. immigrant and hip hop artist, brings a new meaning of being the “Life of the Party”. Produced by RELLWTHEWAVECAP & Vally and executively produced by Obeatz, Caliph’s newest single is one to remember and bounce to in your day.

Filtering his hardships into his passion, this musician is completely a slave to the music, but in control of his sound. He is able to address difficult social issues in cheerful beats and tunes and brings a new twist to the power of social justice in music.

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Just like in his last track, Caliph utilizes a unique melody to background his songs. There is a combination of slow and fast tempos that makes the tune catchy. The sound of this track is pop-infused while still staying true to its core hip hop roots. The melody wraps around your mind as you hear the genuineness of his appreciation for being able to have the opportunity to pursue his craft, whilst also cueing towards something even deeper and more profound that he allows his listeners to interpret on their own.

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He has been doing extremely well in his hometown of New Bedford, MA. The Northeast has welcomed him with open arms, giving him the will to keep pushing his music with a newly revived motivation and drive to share it with the surrounding communities. He not only produces for fans and himself, but he produces to give back. He has given back to organizations he has been a part of such as  DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Being from overseas, Caliph has faced countless difficulties with his legal status in the states. Nonetheless, he hopes that the power of music will keep him afloat during all of this chaos and will continue to give him courage to keep creating, to keep celebrating life and its party.

 

 

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If you haven’t already done so, then be sure to press play on the link above to hear the entirety of the track!

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Nick Harris Releases Flirty New Single “Sometimes”

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Nick Harris returns to us with a new track called “Sometimes” produced by krs. This single has a hot beat and a reverb that echoes all around and reminds you that it’s summer. Harris has always had a talent for finding rhythm in the sounds he produces with others and in “Sometimes”, he rediscovers that art and brings it to the table to create this song.

The strange voices at the beginning and interspersed throughout the song is a well-constructed artistic decision on the rapper’s part that gives character to the song overall. This is Harris’ song of flirtatious beats and rhythms that keep you in his endless loops of intertwined confusion and desire.

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Back to when I last had the chance to write about this skillful producer, I mentioned how Harris is originally from Athens, Georgia. The musician now  lives in New York City as an NYU student studying Music Business. Harris is a man of many talents, not only being able to produce music electronically, but also able to play the guitar, upright bass, and percussion.

In this new single, he transforms his vocals over krs’s compositions, sounding more so like a hybrid of Aminé and Travis $cott.  Producing, mixing, and mastering his own music, you can tell how Harris is a master of his own art. The midtempo record engages you in a way that makes you want to make this your anthem for the long summer.

There is so much potential for this young rapper and I hope to continue hearing his growth as he continues to produce more material for his listeners to hear. And only to add to the talent, Harris is also a great personality, with a true passion for the music he makes, which only adds to the artistic credibility of his music.

Follow him on Soundcloud and Instagram now to see more from Nick Harris!

Ro Ransom is the Fairest of All with Release “Prettiest” ft. Jazz Cartier

Fairest of them all

Emerging artist, Ro Ransom, is back again with a new single that will be sure to take you on a trip. Ro Ransom drops his record “Prettiest” ft. Jazz Cartier and produced by Tim Suby.

With an eerie violin-beginning, Ransom guides you along his mysterious track of self-indulgence and mischief of the urban nightcrawler.

Let the unknown begin, let the darkness take you, and the let the vibes fill the space. With a Travis $cott feel, the artist epitomizes the sound of raw indifference and bold  grunge. Beat by beat, luring its way into your sultry day dreams, the hip-hopper sings “Take a model home, then I f**k her ’til she’s hideous”.

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The rapper originates from New York, and his dynamic musical stylings are what brought him success. This past year, he co-wrote the track “Let’s Go” for the latest buzz in R&B/pop, Khalid, as well as toured alongside the new pop songstress Dua Lipa. His own “See Me Fall” visual has received over 5M views alone, and his last release “Doppelganger” won its place in the esteemed Spotify playlist ‘Most Necessary’.

Along with all of these achievements comes an underlying plan that is no longer hidden from us! The forthcoming project, titled Momentum, is in the works, and Zane Lowe started us listeners off by kickstarting his new single. “Prettiest” was immediately reviewed by HighSnobiety, and gained high recognition for being associated with this rising artist.

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Suby, the mastermind behind the production (and who also produced Childish Gambino’s “Candler Road”), combines with Ransom’s chilling falsettos as Toronto-based Jazz Cartier, crushes the words that fire off his lips and into our ear drums. Together, this deadly trio build a composition of darkened, battered wonderland.

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Cado Releases Artistic Hip-hop Track from Summer Single Series “kintsugi”

Cado brings you a fresh new beat to your strut.

The DJ duo, Cado, drop their highly anticipated track, “kintsugi” today! The single is a chill vibe that slides into the rhythm and intertwines with the bars being spoken to offer us a wavy hip hop production to sway along to.

“kintsugi” is a fun track with a solid baseline that carries through a whirling tune, chanting “this is all a dream”. With complex layers of oriental tones, we get a cool mixture of new school music with elegant, waterfall-sounding chords. This song will start the series of singles that are to be released throughout the summer. The boys have been hard at work to create this outfit of tracks that will keep their fans and listeners engaged to their musical process!

The inspiration behind this first track? Matt Mckeen, one half of Cado, explains that “‘kintsugi’ is a Japanese word for the art of putting broken pottery back together with melted gold, so even though it’s broken and cracked it’s more valuable/beautiful than before (kinda corny haha)”, but it portrays a really important message about looking at things in various ways and from alternate perspectives, because everything can be interpreted differently.

new song first week of june. really care bout these next few.

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Some more on these producers! Cado is an act comprised of two DJs, the lyricist (McKeen), and the producer, Cam Cox. Originating from the city of Boston and now treading the Brooklyn waters, these two have a mission to create music. Though coming from different backgrounds, the boys have come together to form a merging of styles where rap, R&B, trap, indie folk, and EDM music all meet in harmony.

With clever samples and witty lyrics, the two have been able to build a substantial musical following (that is over 1M streams!).

As upcoming artists, their previously released album, Free Wifi, did very well reaching about 61.3 K streams on SoundCloud on certain tracks! They continue to pursue and follow their passions of bringing musical worlds together and venture on to play shows in cities all over the Northeast and West Coast regions. Their charisma and energy is what truly bring the crowd to their shows and draw them to the music.
Listen to the new track now on Spotify as well and stay tuned as they release more in the coming weeks!

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