Boston hip-hop artist JugState has released his latest single, “Ambition.” It’s a quick track, at 2:12, built to feature Jug’s flow and a deep groove. Lyrically, it’s both aggressive and tongue-in-cheek, and the call-and-response of the verse is particularly great (Smile for the camera (cheese!)). “Ambition” is produced by Session for GRP.
Finding a spot on our Top 40 in its first month of competition, “We Could Rebuild It” is the debut single by The American Indie. The Boston trio has been honing their sound over the past couple of years (going through a couple of name changes in the process), and are readying an EP for release as they begin to make waves with their live shows in the Northeast. Marked by heavily syncopated electronic rhythms, earnest lyrics, intertwined guitar lines, and atmospheric synths, “We Could Rebuild It” is a confident debut from a promising indie rock band.
Audemar, an artist seen recently on our Rap and Hip-hop chart as well as our Urban Best of the Best rankings, has dropped a new single, “Is You High?” Otherwise known as Omar Rihani, Audemar worked with producer Ditty Beatz and engineer Chris Ryan to create this mesmerizingly mellow jam. This is the first single following the release of Audemar’s collaborative EP with Gov.Name (aka “The Government“). Listen:
Nashville pop/funk band The Love Elektrik burst onto our charts just a few months ago, and have been featured on our radio show a couple of times already. They’ve now released their new single, “Supernatural,” a catchy, slow burner about which the band says, “We’re not 100% sure, but we think this song is about an encounter with a vampire stripper at an EDM festival. Listen and decide for yourself!” You know…that old chestnut. Listen below, and buy it here.
Philadelphia’s Viv and the Revival have been on our radar for a long time now, and their progression as artists has been incredibly impressive to see. Viv Peyrat was already crafting sophisticated pop songs when, in 2012, he earned the opportunity on OurStage to have his winning track “Fire” featured in a campaign for the London Olympics on NBC. Just a few days ago he released a new single called “Faded,” and it finds Viv at the top of his game. The song has a great groove, driving but atmospheric, punctuated with acoustic guitars, and all glued together by Viv’s smooth and soulful vocal. He closes the deal with a delicious hook and a great lyric. Listen below.
We are shamefully late to the party on this one. We’ve just discovered that one of our favorite singer/songwriters, Jes Hudak, has formed a new group, Neon Void, along with rapper and singer Roan Smith (aka Know One). Hudak writes and produces (as “Ponymane“) in addition to singing and playing piano, while Smith contributes rhymes along with some excellent graphic design. Almost as impressive as the music is the fact that they collaborate from different cities; Hudak in Brooklyn and Smith in New Orleans. The duo’s single “Can’t Have You” was released back in December. While that means we’ve missed a couple of months of enjoying this, hopefully it also means we won’t have to wait too long before the next single drops.