The Upset Victory, current fan favorites on OurStage who have racked up repeated monthly wins and chart placements, and who have been featured several times on our Amazing Radio show, recently dropped a new single. In keeping with their existing body of work, “Don’t Give Up The Night” is a slice of driving, hook-laden, modern pop rock. It’s such a piece of ear candy that it takes a couple of listens to recognize the clever and careful arrangement, which ebbs and flows, using subtle production techniques to slowly build to exploding choruses before drawing way back when you least expect it. Well done.
Here’s the official lyric video.
In advance of the release of his newest EP, the highly-anticipated Sometime In New York City Vol. 2, the great Ciph Boogie, a one-time Artist of the Week here, and winner of our ESPN Main Event competition, has dropped the single, “Hatlow.” It’s a pulsating loop with a vintage vibe that sets the scene for Ciph’s fireworks flow. He came here to make some noise, my people, let’s go.
“Hatlow” was produced by Chris Prythm, and we’ll have more on the EP when it comes out.
Pioneers of heavy duty alt rock Therapy? today released a new EP, Tides. The four-song collection follows 2015’s excellent Disquiet LP, and leads with that album’s third single (the title track, “Tides”), followed by two new B-sides and a remix of “Insecurity,” a different version of which also appeared on Disquiet.
Regarding “Tides,” Therapy?’s Andy Cairns recalls:
When I lived in Dun Laoghaire in Ireland I used to live near the harbour, and some nights I’d stay up all night to try to get inspiration for songs and I often ended up going down to the pier and just looking out at the waves. Later on I found out that Samuel Beckett used to get a great deal of influence from that as well… I took that low point in my life and how I managed to dig myself out of it as an inspiration.
Originally Tides was written kinda like Die Laughing or Nowhere off Troublegum, with a catchy Husker Du-influenced chorus, but we took a bit of influence from bands like My Bloody Valentine with the brief section of warped guitar.
YND – yes, it’s short for Young & Dumb – is a new addition to OurStage. It’s a whole new project, in fact, and the duo of Mike Harris and Caleb Baker are reveling in the freedom afforded by a kind of naïveté: “As a band, YND hopes to always stay young & dumb enough to believe that they can change the world with hope and joy and always reaching higher.” As for the music, it’s actually a pretty sophisticated combination of hip-hop, pop, and R&B. They’ve got two songs up already, which you can listen to below.
After a very quiet 2015, Jae Apollo is making up for the downtime with some really compelling new material. In January, we got his “Last Run,” a defiant mission statement of sorts, and a message to fans. Last week, he dropped a new single; a similarly introspective track called “All The Way Up,” which you can hear below. The haunting hook lends even more edge to the rapper’s current creative journey, which seems to have an as-yet-unknown destination.
It’s not as though Chris Pureka has been sitting around baking bread or indulging in a lost weekend. In fact, as we once noted, she’s been something of a road warrior over the past few years. So it’s a surprise to realize that she hasn’t released an album since 2010’s How I Learned To See In The Dark. It’s cause for celebration, then, that she’s just released her sixth album, entitled Back In The Ring. You can call it a comeback, if you like; as the title track’s lyrics reveal, Pureka seems to be emerging from some dark place, determined and at the top of her game. NPR has the single here. And below is one of our favorite older tracks, “Wrecking Ball.”
One of our favorite recent discoveries here on OurStage is Little Lapin, whose song “Go!Stop!Go!” we featured on February’s ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio‘ show. The UK singer-songwriter has a classic, airy sound sometimes belied by the slightest of dark edges. To wit, her lovely new single “Californian Sun.” It’s the debut from her upcoming album Holding Out For The Kicks (preorder here), which follows the acclaimed Remember The Highs. I love this stuff, you should too.
Paterson, New Jersey’s own H2-O (aka Lemonte Williams) is back with a brand new project, released today, entitled idothisforthelove (1000 Words). The artist we once favorably compared to Nas worked with a number of high profile producers, including Flawless Tracks (Wale, Dr. Dre) and Stompboxx (Bubba Sparxxx), to create his most fully realized work yet. The album was preceded by the killer singles “Let Me Do That” and “Still Vivid” (both released around early autumn last year), and now we’ve got a preview of the excellent video for “Let Me Do That.” You can also watch the video for the utterly wrenching “Still Vivid,” released in January, after the jump.
Every month, the OurStage community (that’s you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage.com. Once those songs get to the Finals stage, five grand prize winners are selected. Those winners get featured on the ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio’ show, broadcast from the UK to hundreds of thousands of music fans, both on terrestrial radio in the UK and online around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, but you can preview them now by clicking here for a playlist.
“Remember Your Strategies” by Silent Party
“Wide Open” by Brooks Maguire
“Angel” by Rezzonator
“Bet It All” By TAP TAP
“Driven You To Ground” by Phaedrum