One of Atlanta’s very best hip-hop artists, Se’von is back with a new full length album, Stadium of Hearts. It’s truly a tour de force, with Se’von not just declaring his supremacy, but also proving it on a barrage of assertive anthems. He builds a modern pop masterwork upon the foundation of classic rap and hip-hop. Look no further than the opener, “Bang Bang,” in which he traces a lineage from LL Cool J to Kanye before shouting out, nationwide, his own booming voice. Se’von has good-sized clips of every song on the LP here. and you can listen to some full tracks below.
The closest analog we could think of while enjoying the new album from Beecher’s Fault, The Easiest Drug To Sell, was Talking Heads. Immediately, the mechanized groove of the opening track, “Moneymouth,” mirrors that of the Heads’ classic “Once In A Lifetime.” The rest of the song and album (at seven songs and just over 26 minutes, it’s technically an EP) is wholly original, but Beecher’s Fault’s meshing of electronic and precisely processed sounds with natural instrumentation, warm lead vocals and tight male-female harmonies (from vocalists Ben Taylor and Lauren Hunt) follows a blueprint created by that seminal NYC art rock band. The Easiest Drug To Sell feels carefully sequenced to invite in the listener, from that somewhat clinical intro through a flat-out rocking and gospel-tinged closer, “Life In This Light” (and doesn’t that title also just evoke the Talking Heads?), which we wrote about when it was released last summer. The lyrics match this flow, beginning with the despairing “Moneymouth” to that final song’s grand zen-like acceptance, via some ebb and flow anxiety and uncertainty on tracks like “Last Disaster.” You can hear the entire record at the Soundcloud link at the bottom:
This week saw the release of the UK singer-songwriter’s new EP, his second, Another Midnight, which you can get now on iTunes. It’s a five-song set of sparsely orchestrated and arranged songs, which spotlights the young artist’s rich tenor voice and lyrical prowess. Included is one live track, “Tomorrow,” and the ambient style of that recording captures Gorman as a commanding performer, his voice and finger-picked acoustic guitar reverberating and filling the room. Get the new EP here, and see a live performance of the track “Ache No More” below.
“Thunderstorm” is the new single by Chicago artist and writer Nikki Lynette, a perennial favorite here at OurStage. This one is a booming R&B track, with a sweet verse melody that conveys deeply personal and confessional, yet still universally accessible lyrics. It’s about the turmoil of self-doubt, and having to get through it alone. “No one can save me from my thunderstorm,” she sings in the refrain. Listen below.
We featured this single on our Amazing Radio show a couple of months ago, and now we’re happy to present the official video for “Pinned On You” by the Manchester UK duo KAZE. The track is a barn burner, alternatingly aggressive and vulnerable in the narrative of affections spurned, with a completely off-kilter verse and a hard rocking chorus. The video is inventive, directed and with a compelling performance by singer Amy Webber, who interacts with animations on the screen as a kind of psychic projection of the lyrics. Check it below.
“Pinned On You” is from the EP No Filter, available now.
A killer new track from a wild talent, “ABBRV. (SkillSkill)” is Indianapolis artist Skypp‘s paean to toning down and tuning out the noise, the monologues and dialogues from within and without that amount to nothing more than talk. “Cut it short / I appreciate it, but abbreviate it,” he spits. “Skills told me, say less / First you gotta take steps / Then you jump off the porch / And put your foot on they necks.” The guest verse by fellow 317 rapper Maxie is a tight contrast and compliment to Skypp’s flow. “Abbrv.” is from Jaffe II, which dropped at the end of June and is available here.