“Is You High?” By Audemar

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:

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Yonas Returns With “You F#cked Up” Single And Video

Get ready; Bronx rapper Yonas is back at it with a new single and video, with more on deck. The latest is “You F#cked Up,” a head nodding, mid-tempo jam that sits alongside his best singles. The video − another successful collaboration with director Mike Squires − depicts a torrid affair with a be-wigged mannequin. Watch it below. The new single is part of Yonas’ #SummerMonDaze series, which portends a solid summer of new music.

NSFW, obv.

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New Single And A Free Download From Air Traffic Controller

[UPDATED 5/15/17]
Air Traffic Controller
has teamed up with Cause Mobile Wallet to offer a free download of a new song, “It’s You.” Cause Mobile Wallet is a new service that enables users to send money, as with PayPal or Venmo, but a percentage of the transfer goes to a selected charity − at no cost to the user. Sign up to try out the service for the download from Air Traffic Controller. The indie/pop/rock band is currently prepping the release of their new LP Echo Papa, which will include the new track.

UPDATE: Air Traffic Controller has released “After Party,” the first single from the new album. Here it is:

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The House Of Jed: “You’ll Wait A Long Time For Me”

The House of Jed is some super-quirky, sonically rich, lyrically weird, totally unique, perfectly concise pop music that is still completely accessible and overflowing with hooks. I guess it wouldn’t appeal to everyone, in a Top 40 radio kind of way, but it’s right up our alley here, and so we’re going to keep talking about it. The new single is “You’ll Wait A Long Time For Me,” and it bears all the classic House of Jed hallmarks − crisp and clear, uncluttered production, tight and driving beat, and vaguely spooky (the extended bridge after the last chorus seriously reminds me of the ending of “Thriller”). Listen…


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Pop Jam: Iman’s “Wishing”

Somewhere between atmospheric electro pop jams and dancefloor bangers lies Iman‘s brand new single, “Wishing.” The London-based independent artist has been best known until now for writing and recording with Ed Sheeran and Rudimental, and was also called into writing sessions for Kanye West. But her smooth and sweet voice is quickly coming to the fore, as she gains international attention, and this new single demonstrates why. The clever and precise production is subtle enough to pull off the trick of creating a mellow vibe for a should-be dance pop hit.

Meanwhile, Iman is in the midst of a tour funded by a grant from PRS For Music Foundation. Here are the dates:

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Madison Violet: “We Are Famous” [Video]

Juno-nominated Canadian duo Madison Violet have released the video for their single “We Are Famous,” from the forthcoming LP The Knight Sessions. It’s a fun clip, showcasing candid footage of members Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac on the road and in the studio, intercut with nicely staged performance shots. In that structure, it’s oddly reminiscent of the heyday of classic ’80s-’90s MTV videos, particularly of the glam/hair metal variety, but this time without the bluster and absurd self-seriousness. However the lightness of the Madison Violet video simultaneously belies and compliments the meditative, near-cosmic vibe of the mandolin and acoustic guitar-driven song itself. Check it out below. Follow @MadisonViolet on Twitter.

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