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Out There Impels You to “Risk It All” with New Single Ft. Blake Rose

Making some risks this summer

As EDM has taken over much of the music industry, it’s nice to see every once in a while artists who are still bending and playing with the sounds that electronica can expand to. That includes Out There’s recent release that dropped today “Risk It All” featuring the vocals of Blake Rose. The track is a great summer 2018 single that helps you escape your head for a moment and makes you question why you haven’t just did what was wanted to be done?

The pop-electronic single is a vibrant escapade that delves further into a tunnel of static, sound, tunes and tones. The end result? A song  that sounds like a melodic heartache based on a love lost due to risks taken because of a lack of self-control.

It’s a head-banging worthy single, but also a sweet serenade. The lyrics are simple, but the voice perfectly aligns with the composition produced by Out There, and it all comes together in this perfect chaotic harmony. Rose impels the question of existential being, desire, unknowing, and then reminds us how no matter these circumstances, we are still willing to risk it all.

The track even demonstrates the production capabilities that Out There has mastered, balancing the vocals perfectly with a hard-hitting soundtrack that gets the blood pumping and the mind racing.

The man behind the music is Sam Perlow, an LA-Native who demonstrates his talent through the many years of experience he has had learning about it. He studied piano at a young age, graduated from Scratch Academy (where he learned how to DJ), and  the continued his education at Berklee College of Music. The man behind the voice is Blake Rose, an Australian-born singer with millions of streams across both YouTube and Spotify. Together, they bring you “Risk It All”.

Out There has plenty of tracks to go as the summer holds many exciting new projects for the young producer. So of course, this means we will all have to stay tuned to see what more he will bring to the table.

Be sure to listen to the track above, add it to your summer playlists (I know it will be on my running playlist!), and follow Out There on socials: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Sleeping Lion Serenades the Heart with New Single “Easy For You”

 

A song that both lulls you to sleep and leaves you alone at night; a song that comforts the heart and reminds you of heartbreak; a track that dances on the edge of making it easier for you.

The kings of contradictory emotions and copious amounts of feels are back with this stunning new single “Easy For You”. This track gives Sleeping Lion’s usual sound a makeover including a more pop-filled melody and a more subtle electronic composition that sits in the back of your mind like a carousel of wistful memories.

It’s a beautiful single that Sleeping Lion (Nate Flaks and Noah McGuire) can proudly add to their track list as the guys are continuously working on new songs to release over the summer season. The song is a mid-tempo exhale as you finally come to terms with whatever or whomever it was that kept you fastened to the past. What makes it so unique is that it’s this mixture of raw vocals and metallic beats. The new sound the LA-based duo produce on this record is reminiscent of a faster-paced “Say Something” by A Great Big World, triggering the same emotional symptoms. You just can’t help but sing along to the track as Flaks and McGuire sing vigorously to the lyrics “I don’t have the room to take you with me / I got too much baggage in the back of my car”… followed by “Let this be the end of it”, and then “If you never want to see me again, I made it easy for you”.

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“I made it easy for you”… just those 6 words alone in one sentence are so powerful and frustrating–they hold a melancholic allure coated by notes of bittersweetness.

The duo don’t plan to stop here, as they are gearing up to keep sharing new tracks with us. “Easy For You” follows their last release “Stop It”, which was released via Majestic Casual Records and was a hit amongst the press. In the past, these curators of electro-indie sound have been praised by media outlets like HillyDilly, Indie Shuffle, EARMILK, and The Line of Best Fit. They have also earned features on Spotify’s “Chill Vibes” and “Electronic Vibes” playlists, as well as have played as opening acts for concerts of Vesperteen, Transviolet, and Brasstracks.

The two artists had been in Boston in the past few years, and the desire to leave and start new didn’t quite hit them until a series of episodes from both life and love gave them that extra push to pack up and leave for the creative sunshine out in Los Angeles.

Flaks breaks down the single, explaining that “The first verse is very apologetic… I’m this way, I’m sorry for being this way and making it easy for her to want to leave… But as the song progresses, it becomes more about taking ownership of that sort of stuff. It moves from this song for her to this song for me.” It’s a notable change, the guys go from their past sounds found in Patient Creature that were once so formed by electronic trills, layers, and spirals to something simpler, “folkier”, and calmer.

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The guys are just beginning their journey of introspection and self-actualization as bit-by-bit and note-by-note, they produce a sound closer to the essence of Sleeping Lion.

“During this move, driving to Los Angeles with Noah, it was this long, straight road,” Flaks reflectively states. “And it didn’t matter if you were going 30 miles per hour or 100 miles per hour, it was just this one straight road for hours and hours and hours. And I just had to believe that I’d eventually be in California. That’s how I feel about my life right now. I could go 30 or 100 and it would be the same road right now, but I have to believe I’m moving towards something. If that’s the case, you might as well go 100.”

Flaks continues, “Leaving wasn’t easy, but hopefully whatever comes next will be worth it.”

Well, this song is the definition of simultaneously going 30 and 100 on this road of the music world, and I have a feeling this song, as well as the ones to come, will definitely be worth it.

Be sure to check out the guys on social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, their Websiteand Spotify.

“Easy For You” is available now across all digital streaming platforms.

A Star-Studded Collaboration Danny Avila, The Vamps & Machine Gun Kelly

A triple attack!

“Too Good To Be True” by Danny Avila, The Vamps and ft. Machine Gun Kelly, is a really fun and dynamic single that was recently released this past month. Via Ministry of Sound /B1 Recordings / SONY Music Spain, Avila had a chance to comeback with this track to make a formal announcement of his signing to Sony Music Entertainment. The young Spaniard has also made it to place No. 52 in the Top 100 DJ’s of 2017 poll – a year that was known to be the largest re-entry of the year for DJ Mag.

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Avila is a Spanish DJ and Producer at age 22, who has prepared himself for a big year ahead of him. This single will only show how the electronic artist will be able to harness his skills and understanding of music knowledge. The song is strong, it’s fun and dance worthy. It’s got an elastic tonality that brings you back to it over again. With  a hard bite, you can’t help but sing along to the chorus and emphatically share the energy that The Vamps give off so well. The Vamps themselves have been making waves with hits that have ranked on New Music Friday multiple times. This 4-some of talented young men are definitely a band to keep on your radar of the top 100 of pop artists to watch out for.

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On top of already two big collaborations, comes the renown American rapper, Machine Gun Kelly, who makes his introduction in this song very perfectly, forming together the last piece  needed to make this single “hit-worthy”.

Take a listen to the track above now, and see if it ends up on your next party playlist! 😉

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“Too Good To Be True” is available now, so be sure to check it out here at this Link, on Spotify, or at Vevo.

Also check out the artists on Social Media to stay up to date with what they are up to lately:

Danny Avila: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud.

The Vamps: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud

Machine Gun Kelly: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook 

Sub-Radio are the Summer Vibes We Need This Winter

 

Dancing into oblivion

This fun indie-pop rock sextet is just what the doctor ordered. Reminiscent of a younger Walk the Moon, these guys control the microphones and airwaves with their sound of pure dancing joy. Sub-Radio is a band to look out for this year as they are creating some really amazing pop-dance music that will bring any body to the dance floor.  The band is currently finalizing their upcoming EP and released on of their singles off the album today, “What Are We”.

The track is layered with 80’s dance feels, like that of Two Door Cinema Club and include the charisma of a high energy rock band. The band singing in unison together in the background of the lead vocalist’s lines create a beautiful up-tempo, feel-good song. The music itself is enthusiastic and fluid, and the electric guitar constructs beautiful divots within the composition. The song itself is a powerful track that is about understanding love and what a connection between two people really means after all.

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Sub-Radio has already toured the North East, performed for the Cherry Blossom Festival, Celebrate Fairfax, and Firefly 2017; there is not intention of stopping now. With a momentum building, the guys cannot wait to release this highly anticipated project, since the circulation of their 2016 album Same Train//Different Station. 

So press play to the single above and dance into oblivion with this worry-free, hypnotic record by Sub-Radio.

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The guys are currently on tour now, so be sure to check out the dates for a show near you!

SUB-RADIO TOUR DATES:
Jan 20 - Gypsy Sally's - Washington, DC
Jan 27 - 622 North - Blacksburg, VA
Feb 03 - Reston Craft House, Reston, VA
Feb 23 - Rockwood Music Hall - New York, NY
Feb 24 - Tellus360 - Lancaster, PA
Mar 10 - Sauf Haus Bier Hall & Garden -Washington, DC

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And of course, check them out on Spotify, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

MØ Releases Her New EP ‘When I Was Young’ and on Tours with Cashmere Cat

Linking with you

There’s no need to intro this songstress. You’ve heard her before when she ruled the waves with her voices in “Lean On Me” with DJ Snake and Major Lazer; “Cold Water” with Justin Bieber and Major Lazer; and her very own “Final Song”. She has been a smashing success  when it comes to the power vocalists of the female spectrum. So there’s no doubt that Karen Marie Ørsted, most commonly known as MØ, is only going continue to savagely crush the music industry with her music. Leading a generation of strong, badass women singers, MØ finally released her first multi-track release in three years!

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This Danish-born singer has brought us her latest EP When I Was Young. This project is a series of more upbeat tunes of adolescence and Generation Y attributes, with candid remarks and pure, authentic emotion. The moody project is well constructed and orchestrated towards the messages the artist is trying to delineate.

MØ had a chance to announce her project on Beats 1, thus revealing the names of the 6-track EP. MØ has told press that, “Making the EP has been such a nice flashback experience because I forgot about the little things; how you put the songs together, the lyrics, the song titles and the artwork,” she explains. “Just being in the bubble of that energy is so fucking awesome. It’s so amazing to be able to create a universe.” With enthusiasm, MØ explains the love of the writing and producing process she had left behind for some time. With the ethereal symbolism of roses as the main motif of the compilation, we get  to follow MØ down her magical rabbit hole to impressive, vivid, and feel-good productions.

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So, where has MØ been all of this time? She has spent it recording with some big names in the industry as a desirable voice. These collaborations include Justin Bieber, Bleachers, Iggy Azalea, Elliphant, Charli XCX, Diplo, Cheat Codes, Cashmere Cat, and more.

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All of this work of course was not wasteful as some, if not most, of these songs became major hits! However, MØ fans are absolutely excited to see that she is back on the scene with her original content, as well as is hitting the road now (with Cashmere Cat for the MEØW Tour) with these new tunes in hand and ready to share.

The tour dates can be seen in the image below!

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Check her out now on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify.

Lostboycrow Sails Us Away with New Single “I’m a Sailor Not a Salesman”

Sail Away

Lostboycrow is back with another stunning single that will take you worlds away. The LA-based pop artist and producer released the track “I’m a Sailor Not a Salesman”, yesterday and it has lived up to expectations. Slower than the more recent tracks he has revealed, the song is smooth and beautiful. “It’s synthetic, it’s just not fair”, sings the songster.

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This new material comes as part of his successful three-part LP, Traveler. The single is now the second song to be revealed from what is to be his highly anticipated Traveler: The Second Legend project! It is disparate from the other tracks as it includes much more raw instrumentation, from the R&B guitar lines, to the pop-touched vocals, and the electro-painted tones.

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The melancholy intonation in his voice makes you fall in love with the storytelling of the mystic who leads the seas and the song waves.  Lostboycrow’s voice has always been able to be strong over the compositions he designs. The voices in the background give this dream-like sensation to the already hazy soundtrack.

The Oregon-born musician is absolutely one to watch as his music is what music should be. (The single already has 33,768 streams on Spotify in less than 24 hours) “The idea that who we are and are becoming is a direction leading us to far greater places than any other pursuit. Any other motive” details Lostboycrow, as he explains the development of this beautiful and wondrous song.

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Lostboycrow has always been a favorite of mine and one I feel has so much to offer to the music scene. His artistry is one that can best implement various genres at once, and every song has this element of hopeful sadness that grabs you by the heart and takes you away to better places in your mind. It’s like going off on your own dark trip to Neverland, falling in love with a broken heart, and traveling off into the world with emotions of wanderlust and blissful uncertainty.

Lostboycrow, himself, is a mystery to all, hiding behind the alluring lyrics he writes. Nonetheless, that is what makes his music that much more attractive and provocative.

Check out the song above, and stay tuned as this artist grows, creates, and strolls into our lives.

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Be sure to follow Lostboycrow on Spotify, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Taska Black Releases Soulful Single “Sandpaper (feat. Ayelle)”

Soften the edges

Producer, Joachim Gorrebeeck, also known as Taska Black, brings us an all new track with a powerful message and a forceful production! Featuring the stunning vocals of singer/songwriter Ayelle, “Sandpaper”comes to life in an exotic and ferocious way.

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Taska Black has recently garnered millions of streams in 2017 and gained listeners in over 58 countries. He also had the amazing opportunity to perform for the big leagues of festivals including Lollapalooza Paris and Bonnaroo.

To start off the new year right,  he releases this spectacular track which is sure to bring more attention to his sonic works. “Sandpaper” only demonstrates how well the two can work together in harmony and in total control of the music. Taska Black creates a pop song containing hardcore elements of warped moans, electronic drops, and high-hitting snares that give the track a revolutionary feeling, as if it’s off to the races.

“Speak to me softly, I can be your sandpaper. Come soften the edges And I can give you space”, softly sings the songstress. The repetition within the layers and the melodies draw you back to the overall experience of the track: “You say that I’m too much, I say you’re out of touch”.

“I think relationships are tough because they force you to work on yourself and grow as a person, sandpaper is a metaphor for that and how we polish a relationship in order to make things work” explains Ayelle about the meaning of the song and the connection it has with people in every day life.

The constructor of noise mentions that, “For me this was a very interesting project because I decided to come out of my comfort zone and create something that’s more pop-influenced and accessible than my previous records.” He’s right- in the past the artist created much more trap-heavy, electronic music that would be best fit for that particular group of listeners. However, with a song as dynamic as this one, he’s able to reach various crowds.

Be sure to take a listen to the song above now!

Check out Taska Black online at: SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

And connect with Ayelle on: SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

An Exclusive Interview with Newest Member to Team Elysium John Lindahl

John Lindahl feels very lucky to have known his passion from the start.

He has the right to be! With a voice like his and a kind, down-to-Earth personality, no wonder he’s such a heartthrob. With the perfect retro-pop sound, he brings a new age flare to his fun, classic-like tunes.

As mentioned in a previous article, the pop star released his latest EP Changes, which includes six exciting and exhilarating tracks of his own and features the founder of Team Elysium himself, Logic.

I really enjoyed this chat with Lindahl as he explained how thrilled he was to have released this EP finally! He admits that he never really listened to it in full, only because it seemed weird at first, but by the time of our conversation, he gave it a run through. His final conclusions? Proud.

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The artist was originally born in Maryland, but grew up for most of his life in Southern, California, where he resides currently.

We dove into topic spanning across the spectrum from his experiences in music to past concerts he went to things to be looking forward to, and for the season, what holiday traditions his family had. Lindahl began by explaining how his humble beginnings in music started at a really young age. He would find himself amongst performers and back stage with them a lot of the time, and his influences came from some of the legends such as Gene Kelly, Michael Jackson, and others. You can even hear it in his sound, a little George Michael here and a little Prince there, and more. He admitted that these artists “inspired me to perform and be on stage  and try to pursue my dream in that way… I’m lucky enough to have always kind of known what my passion was, which I know people search their lifetime for a passion, so I feel very grateful to have known what I wanted to do since I was 5 or 4!”

I asked him what song he is currently jamming out to, to which he chuckled and replied, “You’re gonna laugh, but I’ve been bumping “Gucci Gang” by Lil Pump.”

The last concert Lindahl attended was LCD Soundsystem, only showing you how big of a variety his taste in music is. “I went with Brian who produced the EP… and Daniel who played guitar for the EP. The light shows  were my favorite part of the show!”

I then wanted to get insights of what it must be like to be an artist now, so when I asked what’s his favorite part of the music industry, he genuinely responded with, “being an artist and creating music is definitely the best part, and all of the little victories to get along the way. Because there are the times where you get pulled down and shot down and you feel a little discouraged, so the little victories along the way when you pour your heart and soul and you start to see a little return on it I think is the best part.”

One of his close friends and co-workers happens to be Bobby himself, aka Logic! How they met was a serendipitous and sweet story of how Lindahl met Logic’s audio engineer and how through a few writing and listening sessions together, the two became friends instantly. That is when he introduced Lindahl to Logic, hanging out with him in the studio during the making  of The Incredible True Story.

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Logic then decided he wanted to start this label (Team Elysium) and asked Lindahl to be a part of the formation of its foundation, and Lindahl couldn’t pass it off. “I feel like a member of his family”, so it only made sense for him to be apart of this crew of amazing and talented people.

As every album should have, Lindahl did have an experiential and eye-opening moment. “My biggest revelation [during the making of Changes] was finding that I was truly coming into my own,  as an artist and as a creative. I know that you’re always learning and that you’ll always get better, but I finally feel very comfortable in my own skin in the studio, on stage when I’m performing, the words that I’m singing, the way I’m conveying the message that I’m try to say. I think it was an overall revelation of comfortability with myself as an artist, which is great, because I have always struggled with confidence in myself, and now I feel like I have arrived today.”

My favorite song happens to be “My World” and “Contagious”, so I asked him what was the influence at least behind “Contagious?” “I’ve always loved ‘All Night Long’ by Lionel Ritchie or “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, all these fun records I’ve always wanted to capture and emulate. And I just wanted to make a really fun song about the power of music in general, because it is contagious, the one true universal language is music. I would say my main thing behind this process was I just wanted to make an infectious feeling that people would want to sing and dance to, and just be together with other people.”

If the young songster could collaborate with anyone, he explained that it would be artists like J.Cole, Ariana Grande, Kanye West, and Mayer Hawthorne, but he also say that he would be willing to collaborate with anyone.  He loves hearing their talent and finding what makes them uniquely their own being in the music scene.

Music is not the only area he shows talent in! He also dresses really well, so when asking about his fashion, he talked about how he goes about picking his outfit of the day. “I look kind of normal, and so do my clothes, but what I do have to do is make sure that my talent is extraordinary! So in my fashion, I try not to go too over the top. It’s the little things in my outfit that pop, nothing too extravagant…nothing that’s too insane, but something that draws your attention”. His fashion-icons are Michael Jackson and A$AP Rocky, and a few other artists, but overall, he explained how just by adding a denim jacket to a look, or wearing an all white outfit and pair of different colored shoes, you can really make a look pop in the chillest way possible.

Describing himself in one word? “Imaginative”, Lindahl elaborates, ” I’m such a dreamer to my detriment. I am always  looking at the future, and always think about if I do this, and if I do that, but I am very lucky to have parents and people around me who know my goals and dreams. My parents have been super helpful in creating an environment to show me how I have to work to achieve my goals, because if I didn’t have that proper training, I would still be dreaming and never act on it. I have to thank my mom and dad and the Elysium team for believing in me.”

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Being only 21, I thought it would be daunting to be in this scene of experienced pioneers, but Lindahl explained that there never was a disconnect, and he was always the youngest in the room, from the start, so he has grown up amongst these people.

“I never want to be the most talented or the smartest in the room, because I can always improve upon myself.”

So, what do we have to be excited for in the near future? Lindahl expressed his excitement of releasing videos to go along with the songs from the project! He sees it as being able to give every track it’s own moment. “I feel like ever song deserves a chance at its own visual.”

Since ’tis the season, I had to know if the artist had any special holiday celebrations or traditions that he did with his family…”My mom is driving my sister home from college, and we always go to a Christmas tree farm and play this intense game of tag. All my family are athletes, so it gets really crazy but it’s so much fun. We knock down so many of the trees”.

Off the EP,  the R&B crooner explained to me that “Changes” would be the the most important track in the project, but “Contagious” is the one that would best describe his demeanor in his current state.

What’s Lindahl OnTheVerge of? “Success.” TRUE. Check out my last article, check out his EP Changes below, and keep on the look out for this emerging artist!