Monthly Archives: May 2018

Stream Falcon Jane’s ‘The News’ for Free

Falcon Jane, aka Sara May, had this to say about her track ‘The News’ in an e-mail; “’The News’ is about losing someone you love and trying to find them amidst the dense, emotional fog of grief. I hope it can help aid those who are grieving by reflecting some of the complicated emotions we are feeling.”

She offered a free stream of the track, taken from her latest album Feelin’ Freaky, out now.

The severe flooding that affected her community Southwestern Ontario also inspired the track, particularly a young child who was washed out of his mother’s arms. May and her partner had driven through the area just a few hours before the tragedy struck. She noted that there were a lot of parallels between the child’s death and ‘The News’.

When the next flood hit, May tried to capture when she and the community had been feeling.

“Water can be powerful and destructive, beautiful and cleansing. Its constant flow reminds us to keep moving forward – yet we are at the mercy of the current, the rainfall, and the floods,” she wrote.

Catch Falcon Jane on the following dates;

June 1 – Maggiolly’s – Orangeville Blues and Jazz Festival, ON

June 2 – Vibes in the Valley – Mulmur, ON

June 15 – Hillsburgh Library Opening, ON

June 26 – Monarch Tavern, Toronto, ON

July 14 – Burdock, Toronto, ON

July 27 – Monarch Tavern, Toronto, ON


Stream Femdot’s ‘Ryu’ for Free

Femdot has shared a free stream of ‘Ryu’ from his debut album Delacreme 2, out on June 6 via Closed Sessions.

“The root of who you are can be explained through a collection of moments in your life. These not only define you, but are used when one needs reassurance of what it means to be themselves, at the core,” he said in a statement. “That’s what Delacreme 2 is. By using defining moments in my life and keeping them in a place in my heart that I can access if I need to, I created a time capsule of sorts inside of me. So here’s that process on wax.”
‘Ryu’ follows the video for ‘Alright’ from Delacreme 2.
The Chicago-based artist is a first generation Nigerian and graduated from Depaul University’s Biological Sciences program.
1. Lost
2. Exit (Bounce)
3. Alright
4. Ryu
5. No Scholarships
6. Your Love (feat Shawnee Dez & Sherren Olivia)
7. O’something
8. U Learn
9. Red Marlboros (feat Sherren Olivia)
10. Snow In July (feat CRLCRRLL & Johari Noelle)
11. Empty Bottle
12. Listen and Stay Awhile (feat Jack Red & Sherren Olivia)
13. Found

Stream Olive B’s ‘Joey Moon’ for Free

Toronto singer/songwriter/freestyler Olive B, aka Nicole Olivia Balsom, has shared a free stream of her track ‘joey moon’.

The track’s name comes from her father’s old band, Joey Moon and the Crescents.

Balsom comes from a classical background but in an e-mail, she said that, “It was freestyling alone over basic guitar chords or over beats at parties that I really found my musical outlet.”

She hooked up with Toronto producer Kayobe who was looking for a singer for his track ‘Sun Don’t Shine’. The two felt an immediate musical connection and started writing music together, Just a few weeks after meeting, they were working on her debut album no(w)here, out now.

“The majority of my recent music has been in collaboration with Chewy, a Vancouver producer, who I  met through mutuals,” Balsom said in an e-mail. “When it came to creating my new single, Chewy sent me the beat and 30 minutes later, I responded with the freestyle for the first verse of ‘joey moon’.”

This follows the release of Balsom’s track ‘always you’, also streaming for free;

 


Stream swim good now’s ‘Show Me Love’ (Featuring Merival & Torquil Campbell) for Free

swim good now, aka Jonathan Lawless, has shared a free stream of ‘Show Me Love’, featuring Merival and Torquil Campbell of Stars.

The track is taken from his forthcoming album Daylight, out on June 15 via Ryan Hemsworth‘s Secret Songs imprint.

The track combines Campbell and Merival’s vocals with Lawless’ production as well as guitar from Aaron Mohr, piano sampled from a Tennyson track and additional keys by CutMyLips.

Lawless is no stranger to collaborating with other musicians having worked and toured with Bon Iver, Stars, The Avalanches and Air France in the past.


Stream Her’s’ ‘Love on the Line (Call Now)’ for Free

Liverpool-based jangle pop duo Her’s have shared a free stream of ‘Love on the Line (Call Now)’.

They also unveiled their upcoming live dates;

Friday 18th May
Beach Venue 2 (SESAC Stage) – 13:00 – 13:30
Horatio’s (DIY Stage) – 22:15 – 22:45

Saturday 19th May
St. Marys Church (Brighton’s Finest Alt Escape Stage) – 18:50 – 19:20

 


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: EverythingOShauN’s ‘Blind’

Toronto-based rapper EverythingOShauN has shared the Fatty Soprano & Shutterr-directed visuals for ‘Blind’ from his Almost Everything EP.

The video finds EverythingOShauN and his brother/producer Xpress, aka DJXP, in a monochromatic world where they become more introspective with their eyes closed, seeing more with their eyes closed leading to eccentric flashes.


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Justice’s ‘Stop’

French duo Justice have shared the video for ‘Stop’.

The animated clip was created by Mrzyk & Moriceau, the duo behind videos from Air and Sebastian Tellier.

Catch Justice on the following dates;

May 18. Moscow, Adrenaline Stadium, Russia
May 26. London, All Points East Festival (Victoria Park), UK
June 2. Dublin, Forbidden Fruit, Ireland
June 10. Manchester, Parklife Festival, UK
June 23. Hurricane Festival, Scheessel, Germany
June 24. Neuhausen ob eck, Southside Festival, Germany
June 29. Nort sur Erdre, Festival de la nuit de l’Erdre, France
July 6. Boxtel, We are Electric, Netherlands
July 8. Arras, Mainsquare, France
July 12. Madrid, Mad Cool Festival, Spain
July 14. Barcelona, Cruilla Festival, Spain
July 17. Milan, Summer Festival, Italy [with Parcels and MGMT]
July 19. Lisbon, Super Bock Super Rock, Portugal
July 22. Benicassim, FIB Benicassim, Spain
August 11. Bucarest, Summer Well Festival, Romania
August 24. Zurich, Zurich Openair, Switzerland
August 26. Boulogne-Billancourt, Rock en Seine, France
September 11. Las Vegas, Life is Beautiful, USA
October 5. Austin, Austin City Limits Music Festival, USA
October 12. Austin, Austin City Limits Music Festival, USA

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Powers Pleasant’s ‘Pull Up’ (Featuring Joey Bada$$ & A$AP Ferg)

The JMP-directed video for Powers Pleasant‘s ‘Pull Up’ finds Powers, Joey Bada$$ and A$AP Ferg in a globetrotting clip that takes them to illegal street racing scenes in Tokyo and NYC.

The video features appearances from model Slick Woods and actor Amandla Stenberg.

It’s taken from Powers’ forthcoming EP, due to be released on Commission Music.

He first gained attention thanks to his co-production work on Joey Bada$$’s RIAA platinum certified single “Devastated”. He’s currently on the road with Joey as the official DJ for his Amerikkkana tour.

Powers grew up in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, two Brooklyn neighbourhoods known for being breeding grounds for musical talent including Erykah Badu, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli. Music played a big role in his life, he attended his jazz drummer father’s gigs since he was a baby.

“I think the first time I learned to walk was at one of his gigs,” Powers said in a press release.

His mother, a dancer, introduced him to The Neptunes, a band that would prove to be one of his biggest production influences. While he was attending Edward R. Murrow High School, he turned his attention to DJ’ing and met the late Courtney Jamal Dewar, aka Capital STEEZ thanks to his admiration for his rhyming ability. The two discussed starting a hip-hop collective and connected with Joey Bada$$ after a talent show and Pro Era was born.

After spending one semester at Berklee College of Music, where he was attending on a full scholarship, he joined the Pro Era crew on the Best Coast Tour. The exciting year ended in tragedy with STEEZ’s death on December 23, 2012. As he spent the holidays mourning the loss of his friends, the love and condolences came in from the fans they had gained over the years.

It made me realize how many eyes were on us with all the people who were shouting out STEEZ,” he said.

 

 


Stream Thyla’s ‘Blame’ for Free

Brighton post-punk quartet Thyla have shared a free stream of ‘Blame’.

The band has been garnering attention thanks to being included in the NME’s Essential Acts for 2018. They have also been tipped as an act to watch by several music publications. The BBC’s Huw Stephens has named Thyla as one of his Alternative Tips for 2018.

“’Blame’ is about the uncharacteristic choices people make when they’re trying to be like someone else, for the sake of someone else, at a cost to themselves. It’s a neurotic frenzy of guitars with self conscious lyrics about the state of paralysis jealously puts you in; blind anger with no real solution,” the band said in a statement.

Catch Thyla on the following dates;

12 May – Norwich Arts Centre (Dork showcase gig)
18 May – The Bee’s Mouth, Brighton (REX & Thyla present Guerilla The Great Escape show)
19 May – St Mary’s Church, Brighton (Alternative Escape)
23 May – The Boileroom, Guildford (BBC Biggest Weekend Fringe)
25-27 May – Dot to Dot Festival
26 June – The Castle & Falcon (supporting L.A. Witch)


Stream Declan O’Donovan’s ‘Hank’ & Let it Rain (Reprise)’ for Free

Declan O’Donovan said that his song ‘Hank’ is loosely based on an urban legend about a promiscuous Hank Williams the he wove into a narrative about a childhood friend.

It was written separate from the sessions for his 2017 album Broken Sky.

“’Hank’ has lived as a black sheep of sorts in my live repertoire for a couple of years without garnering an official studio release until now,” O’Donovan said in an e-mail.

The other track he’s shared a free stream of, ‘Let It Rain (Reprise)’, is a reiteration of the opening track from his last outing.

“This alternate version is lyrically identical, yet musically and conceptually an entirely different piece than the original,” he said. “On Broken Sky, I explored themes of contrast and counterpoint in both my lyrics and in the record’s production. This recording of ‘Let It Rain (Reprise)’ is the final counterpoint to this collection of songs, offering up a dark and somewhat bruised take.”