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Artist Spotlight: April + Vista Magically Open for GoldLink

 

A magical duo you don’t want to miss out on.

I had the chance to cover the Goldlink show in Boston, at the Paradise Rock Club, two weeks ago. Let me tell you, it was a wonderful experience! I had arrived at the venue by 6:30, thirty minutes before the doors opened, and already, there was a line out the door and down the sidewalk. The kids were all chatting as everyone had arrived to the show in crews or as couples to the event.

Now, the crowd was already excited for the headliner who started as nothing but an underground rapper, but who is now known as the ring master to his artistry and devoted fans. With the energy filling the space, the first openers were to take the stage, and wow, did they own it. Enter April + Vista, an indie-R&B, neo-soul duo that emulated the vitality and power of The Fugees and the vibes of  NAO, Anderson .Paak, and Frank Ocean combined. Their music is practicality “genre-less” as they bend the status quo and concoct their own cocktail of music.

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Made up of April George and Matthew Thompson, these two, hailing from the DMV, released their debut EP Note To Self back in July of 2016. Their single “Beasts” reached about 53 K streams alone on Spotify. Now, of course, they have given themselves a huge opportunity by opening for both Masego and GoldLink.

Known as the “Stresswave pioneers”, April + Vista’s eclectic sound is truly what separates them from other artists. Honestly, everyone in the crowd was so extremely happy. It was just sheer love for the music, and it felt as though everyone in that room was truly a person who appreciated the noise produced rather than just the person that is the artist. From start to finish, April + Vista mesmerized us. They enchanted and captivated us and used this beautiful aura of melodies and vocals and instrumentals to lift us into an unearthly dimension. The audience was supportive, cheering at the top of their lungs and getting into it. No one minded if you bumped into them or if you decided to dance with them. People were not afraid to dance stupidly and sing at the top of their lungs. They echoed and called in unison, being cooperative to the duo. I had never seen anything like it before, and in the the darkness of the worn venue that is Paradise Rock Club, the intensity of the provocative and innovative pair stole our hearts.

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April surprised us all when she suddenly pulled out her valiant steed, the violin and began to stroke it in this array of beautiful whines! People didn’t know how to react except scream in excitement.

Montreal was a BLAST! Next stop, Philly! Who tryna get some cheesesteaks after the show? 📸: @chrisrocco

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If you have not hear them yet, then you must now! Listen above to be completely engulfed by the magic of these two’s creations.

Follow them on Instagram and Spotify now!

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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!

 

 

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”

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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

 

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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The Music Interviewed: Recap Edition Spotify Playlist

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This weekend, I decided to do take a trip down memory lane, and look back at all of the artists that I was able to interview this past summer. All were amazing acts that all relayed such interesting facts to me about themselves and their music.

Here are the artists of the summer of 2017. For each one, you can go back to the interview to see what they had to say!

R.LUM.R: [Genre Alt-R&B]

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Emmit Fenn: [Genre: Indie-Electronic]

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NaÏka: [World / Pop]

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Blonder: [Synth-Rock]

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Amy Shark: [Indie-Pop]

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Coast Modern: [Indie-Rock]

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RKCB [Indie-Electronic]: COMING SOON

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WHETHAN [Electronic/Pop]: COMING SOON

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Also, I will be starting my own side project involving a creative visual portfolio of all of the interviews I have had with artists since my time with Verge Campus / GoodMusicAllDay. It is a bittersweet kind of project, but it’s a way for me to preserve all of the incredible conversations I have had with these talented artists and my goodbye to the blog as this is my final year at Boston University. I want to create almost a mini zine, based on the interview questions I asked each artist and their responses using Instagram as my platform. It’s a zine created by the artists themselves and will be called “Interzined”. So, if you’re interested, stay tuned and follow the profile HERE. 🙂 Thanks to  everyone who has read my articles since day one and to those who have been reading my articles now. It means so much to me to be able to share my love for what I am passionate about, which is music, and to all of the talented emerging artists out there, thank you for letting me share your music with others.

Mysterious Rap Artist Thatshymn Releases Erotic Single “Therapy”

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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