Boston-based hip-hop artist Kyle Bent has dropped the video for his single “Gods & Goddesses,” from the new EP I Am Possibility. Bent released the surprise EP on his birthday − astoundingly, only his 21st. The video is a cleverly edited DIY affair, keeping the focus on the music. The track slowly adds layers, both on the thumping verse, and the chanting, rolling hook, with its increasing counter melodies, eventually churning into a wave that finally dissolves and recedes. This musical dynamic serves a raw and introspective lyric, which describes a process evaluating the rapper’s life and the major players in it, trying to sort the gods and goddesses from the monsters. It’s just real.
A few years back, we watched Chicago’s Daphne Willis evolve from an introspective, indie pop singer/songwriter into an eclectic, rootsy, soulful belter. With the release of her new single “Hustle,” (ft. Grizzle) Willis has emerged as a full blown, ready-for-radio, pop hitmaker. Listen to it below. The confidence, the defiant message, the hooks… “Hustle” is an anthem from an artist to be reckoned with.
Katie Cole has released the single “Time On My Hands,” heralding the upcoming release of two EPs. The first, Things That Break, Part 1” will come out on September 28th, while the follow up is expected in early 2019.
The Nashville artist is currently on tour as part of the Smashing Pumpkins (she has performed with the band as far back as 2015), and has kept fans satisfied between official released with a series of covers and solo video performances, both from home and the road. The same rich voice and spare arrangements that make those small bites so savory are amplified in the close and intimate production (by Howard Willing) of “Time On My Hands.” Listen:
Go Periscope burst into our consciousness in 2011, when they won our MTV Needle In The Haystack competition. Back then, the Seattle band was marked by their successful fusion of throwback synth sounds with more modern electronic and pop styles, always transcending genre pigeonholes. With the new track “Alive & Well,” a collaboration with Swedish artist John Mode, Go Periscope have mostly shed the sonic references to the past and have emerged as masters of modern electro-pop, combining elements of EDM with meticulous songcraft.
Boston-based rapper JugState, formerly one half of Tru Indeed, is back with a heavy jam called “Don’t Shoot.” One of Jug’s secret weapons is a rich singing voice, employed here in a sharp hook that repeatedly pulls the track into focus after the escalating verses. It’s a great groove, too, decorated with mellow electric piano tones and some sparse and well-placed synth lines. Listen below and follow @RealJugState on Twitter.
London singer and songwriter Iman returns with another banger, “Get The Feeling.” Like many of her songs, this one holds its own alongside anything else on pop radio (and on our very own Amazing Radio, where it’s currently in the mix for Charlie Ashcroft‘s ‘Audition‘ poll), but has such a unique, chill vibe. Weaving in and out of the driving groove is a cleverly orchestrated mix of percussive sounds and keyboards, which take turns in the sonic foreground, sometimes for only a bar or two. Check it out, and feel free to cast your vote on the poll.