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

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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”

 

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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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Rising R&B Artist Shalini Varghese Releases Music Video to “So Complicated”

 

Smooth and optimistic, this girl offers a rhythm for your soul

“Why you always act like you missed me, when you kissed me, and later on dissed me, so complicated…” The song that exemplifies the turmoil of convoluted love is a creation of rising R&B artist, Shalini Varghese. “So Complicated” is a silky, yet raw draft of a tune. With a great beat and a simple piano chord progression, Varghese sings over a minimalist instrumental. She sounds almost as if she performs in a live concert setting, carrying each riff with confidence and clarity.

In the music video, we find a motif of the flower she carries around, hear dialogue between her and the mystery man, and follow her through sensual bedroom & bath scenes of dim lighting and candles everywhere. Attempting to set the mood of broken desire, Varghese’s first music video is a chance for her to build her brand and image in the eyes of the listeners. The warmer tones in the scenes remind you of the comfortability of loving your significant other, but the song brings you back to the point, that they complicated the situation to begin with, and that you’re tired of playing games.

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She’s the new connection between Erykah Badu and Norah Jones. A jazzy and edgy vocalist on the verge of paving her path to success with her music. Currently preparing herself for the release her debut EP, she has been in the works of defining her artistry to her fans and spreading the word melody by melody and tune by tune.

Varghese is also known for having a wide vocal range, able to hit tenor and alto octaves, yet is naturally a soprano. She has also produced songs and collaborated with artists in the EDM sector as a featured vocalist on these tracks, which can be heard on her SoundCloud.

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Show her some love and support by listening to the song HERE now and stay tuned for when she releases her first project ever!

The Iceberg & SONY Published Danish Artist Tim Schou Releases Indie-Pop Inspired Single “Morrison”

“I need my medicine, ’cause the walls are closin’ in, and I feel like  Morrison, this will all make sense one day…”

The Danish singer/song-writer sings this tune and demonstrates his ability to change up his sound to the emotion behind a song. Tim Schou is a multi-talented artist and couch surfer, circling the world many times around to chase after his passion. His sound is a combination of Ed Sheeran, Vance Joy, and Neutral Milk Hotel, creating a sweet deadliness all together.

The Iceberg & SONY published artist recently released his single “Morrison” on July 21st, which is a classic tale of sinner and self-recognition. His last single was “Novocaine”, which received over 124 K streams on Spotify. This track was produced by the noteworthy team Hitimpulse, also known for producing for Alma, Felix Jaehn and more recently Kygo and Ellie Goulding.

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Schou constructs this emotional indie-pop song with an alternative-punk edge to it that blends together worlds of electronica, mainstream, and rock in just the right way. The single is haunting and dynamic as it gradually becomes more intense and compelling. You can practically hear the strife of two minds at war with each other, as the schizophrenic nature of the song plays out. Schou has had the chance to work with the talents of songwriter Litens Anton and Swedish producer Kristoffer Eriksson to put together this record. The two have, in the past, worked with successful artists such as The Chainsmokers.

Schou, himself, is known as the professional “couch surfer” for the fact that his drive and productivity of being an artist keeps him constantly traveling the world for new gigs. He has had the chance to work with some of the most distinguished songwriters and producers in the industry. Overall, Schou has recorded over 200 songs for himself and others from all of his adventures.

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Listen to him now on Spotify to hear more of his great productions.

Olivia Swann Sings a Stunning Song for the Salty ft. MYK

 

Girl power join forces in this track about getting over and winning back your self from heartbreak

“Call me when you call me” sings this stunning R&B vocalist, Olivia Swann. A newbie to the music scene, this rookie doesn’t show any signs of inexperience with a voice that strikes and flows like a river. She is joined by the rap stylings of MYK and productions of WhiteNoise.

Swann is a Berklee College of Music girl, and well-deserved. You can tell how passionate she is for the music in this song where her alluring vocals carry the rest of the melody across the line, prepping us for the MYK fire that would enter in the bridge. Swann has already made some notable triumphs in her music career, performing at Osheaga Festival on August 5th on the same stage  as Daniel Caesar, Majid Jordan, and Solange. More hopefully to come!

 

Back to the song now, the single is crisp, it’s raw, and relatable. It’s got that bit of nostalgia intertwined with an 80’s R&B vibe. It leaves a soreness in your heart while also keeping you swaying joyfully to the instrumental. The music is bittersweet in the best way possible, and we all feel a little salty for the faults that have taken place in Swann’s story. With a little innocent attitude, the girls chime in on reminding girls that it’s ok to stand up for yourself and build a safer space. It’s a song worth hearing and hopefully adding to your playlists.

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Be sure to check out these queens on their Instagram and follow them on SoundCloud to hear more of their amazing tracks! We are expecting to hear more from them very soon!

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