I release "Sonder" at midnight on my one year anniversary in Los Angeles, CA – a year that has been so painfully transformative I'm not sure I can elucidate much greater than this song.
"Like patience, passion comes from the same Latin root:
pati. It does not mean to flow with exuberance; it means
to suffer." -Mark Danielewski
I wrote "Sonder" at rock bottom. The mental plight that accompanies the pursuit of passion can be as equally destructive as it is fulfilling.
An individual's purpose (and moreover, turmoil) is as unique as the genetic code from which it is extracted. As I pondered this, a sense of morose engulfed me. I will never fully understand anyone's motives, dreams, desires, reasoning – as they forever exist in a foreign realm.
This notion awoke a sense of self-awareness.
I am only myself. I am the keeper of my fortune. I have the power to respond to doubt, fear, rejection, and failure on my own accord.
So I did. As much as "Sonder" is about agonizing turbulence, its fruition reveals a light in the dark."
London-based hip-hop act Hyphen's new single "Lost" is a brass-laden fusion of soul, electronica, and trip-hop with an exciting, precise flow .
"I wrote this song on late on a Saturday night after reluctantly saying no to go to a mini reunion my school friends were having," the London-based Hyphen explains. "Trying to manage a full time job and music career simultaneously means cutting out on something, and for me that involves being a lot less social and very single."
"While that sounds a bit miserable, I wrote this song on a night alone, pretty happy about the situation. Watching people's Snapchats about their night outs, which were largely the same as any other night out, made me quite pleased that through music I'd found something to do that was pretty different."
Released on 6/30, Hyphen's "Lost" is the latest single to be taken from his upcoming EP ‘Dance Songs To Die To’.
After touring in New York, London and Delhi, Hyphen is now gearing up for the release of his debut EP ‘Dance Songs to Die To’. Featured on international platforms such as Sofar Sounds, ILUVLIVE and Don’t Flop, the highlight of Hyphen’s year was a sold-out headline show in New York.
Without having a single or EP out, Hyphen has managed to garner over 50,000 views across digital platforms, featured on the same sets that the likes of Ed Sheeran and Bastille have played and is now on board with a team who’ve worked with artists like George the Poet, D’Banj and some of the best up and coming UK talent such as Deanne Chase and Hunter.
Singer-songwriter Llexa puts her unique spin on two classic hits from the 80s, the Police's 'Every Breath You Take' and Split Enz's 'I Got You.' "We wanted to spin the songs and turn them into a casual, distinct vibe while still keeping the familiarity." Llexa is currently working with NYC/NJ based production team Solace Music Group developing her sound and voice as an artist. Look for her next release, a trip-hop inspired official remake of 'All You Need is Love' by the Beatles coming soon.
Ciphurphace – the Arizona-born, New Jersey-based emcee known for his rapid-fire delivery, battle-ready bars & humorous punchlines, releases the fourth single – with accompanying visuals - from his In Phaced God We Trust EP, which was released late last year as a joint venture between Tucson's own Effin Elements Entertainment & NYC-based indie label SpaceLAB Recordings. The self-proclaimed “Asian Pierce Brosnan with a beard problem” comes out the gate swinging with a machine-gun flow that acts as both an ode to his proactive pen game, as well as a cautionary warning to ill-equipped challengers on the microphone....”punchlines pack M. Tyson, M. Bison power.” Produced by SpaceLAB Recordings founder Jake Palumbo, who also provides the cut-&-scratch hook as well as a guest appearance to close out the record, also speaking on his lyrical prowess, but in the snarky & sarcastic sneer that has become a trademark for the Brooklyn-based emcee & producer - “You should pop a couple No Doz / & join F*boys Anonymous, you like your own photos.” Ciphurphace & Jake Palumbo have previously teamed up for the 2013 collaborative LP South By Southwest, under the group name Moonshine Burrito, & have a lengthy history of appearing on one other's projects since meeting on tour in 2007.
LV Baby's music has previously been featured in the show 'Broad City'. For the track "Super Powers" in particular, guitarist Black Bear and LV Baby teamed up with Pell to create the song in a moment of self-realization. "We see a bunch of super heroes on TV, but often fail to recognize the real life super heroes both in our communities and in ourselves," LV Baby explains. "The single moms that balance work, school, motherhood, and every day adult issues. The kid in class who stands up to the bully despite the consequences. The people that decide to do the right thing regardless if it's easy or inconvenient."
"Super Powers" is an honest song for real people who try to make a real difference on a daily basis. Aside from the content, the song is as wavy as they come. The genre-bending hip-hop/indie-rock vibe sets the tone for an amazing new sound.
LV Baby began making music and playing guitar during his high school years in Mississippi. He linked up with Black Bear when he moved to Atlanta. Since then, they created a band and have been lighting the city on fire by turning one gig into 3 or 4 every time.
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.