Luke James Shaffer, who has been near or at the top of our “Best of the Best” charts in Pop for weeks and weeks and weeks, has dropped a new single called “Cliff Dive.” It’s an authentic rootsy anthem disguised as a Top 40 hit, with a floor-stomping hook and killer harmonies. The song was recently featured on the Travel Channel’s Expeditions Unknown, a perfect pairing for the song’s breezy, adventurous lyrics and musical momentum. Listen below, and check it on Spotify here.
We love the NPR Tiny Desk Concert Series, which has produced a whole bunch of great live, stripped-down performances, captured in the NPR studio. They’ve introduced dozens of new and emerging artists to the masses (well, the NPR-listening masses anyway), ourselves included. A nice by-product of the Tiny Desk Concerts came about when NPR put out a call last year for submissions from independent artists for a chance to be part of the series. We’re not sure how many submissions came in, but we’ve come across several great ones from OurStage artists in recent months, including this one, which just made the Top 20 in our Video channel last month. It’s by Roseville, California’s The Good Fortune, and it’s a stunningly great performance, with equally excellent production. It’s different enough from the studio version of the song to make for enjoyable side-by-side listening. It’s our video of the month and can be seen featured on the homepage, as well as…right here:
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.
Look, I think we’ve been very clear that New York’s Late Cambrian has been doing damn good things, so let’s get to the point. It’s been about three years since the release of their last full length, Golden Time, and since then, the band has morphed considerably from a catchy guitar rock band to a lean electro pop duo, who have released a series of carefully crafted singles and videos in the interim. Now, finally, Late Cambrian is readying the release of their new LP, Sweet Cambrian High, Vol. I & II. It’s available for pre-order now as part of a PledgeMusic campaign, and will be released on CD, cassette, and limited edition colored vinyl. So, if you like unique, infectious, and clever music – and we know you do – get to it now.
Though Chris Fields‘ single “Crown” dropped over a year ago, the Brooklyn MC has given it a new life with a brand new video, released June 1. The song, which first hooked us with “a simple but menacing horn sample, with an even more intense chorus,” certainly deserves to be heard by a wider audience. Hopefully the new video helps toward that end. “Crown” is from Fields’ LP Dreams Are Forever. Get it at www.cdotfields.com.
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.