Plus new music from Sheridan Reed, Soul Cannon, Dominique Tey, and more
Check out these genre-bending artists as you head into your weekend.
RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of the top singles, albums, and videos of the week, so you can head into your weekend with a new list of killer tunes. Get ready to jam out with some of our favorite up-and-coming artists, plus celebrate new stuff from those you already know and love.
Nick Talos | "Home To You"
Berlin-based electronic artist Nick Talos partnered with Grammy-nominated songwriter Lucas Secon for his latest single, "Home To You." The catchy flute hooks are a departure from traditional dance music, but complement the infectious beats.
⭐ PREMIERE ⭐ | Younger Hunger | "Dead Inside"
Haunt pop trio Younger Hunger's single "Dead Inside" is the perfect prelude to their debut EP, according to frontman Tony Davia. "We were all at this party and I was having a bad night. So we all left to go hang out at our studio and play some N64," he said. "We ended up jamming and that's when we wrote the hook over an old cowbell loop."
⭐ PREMIERE ⭐ | Sheridan Reed | "Twisted Up"
Austin singer-songwriter Sheridan Reed's single "Twisted Up" is one of several singles slated for release in the coming months. "Twisted Up" describes the anguish of poorly timed love. "It's about the emotional push and pull of being attracted to someone who is already spoken for," noted Reed, "and whether it's worth the risk."
Dominique Tey | "Let It Out"
MASSAI's Dominique Tey kicks dreamy pop music up a notch with her latest single, "Let It Out." The Sweden native marries spooky synth and gentle vocals, creating an otherworldly escape.
Quelle Rox | Dream Daisies
Bedroom pop artist Quelle Rox is a musical powerhouse. The video for her latest single, Dream Daisies, reflects her DIY approach to lo-fi pop. "My goal is to open the doors for women music producers," Quelle said, "while also creating my own dream world through my sound."
Chris Jobe | Backwards
Chris Jobe's latest video pairs thoughtful lyrics and rhythmic beats with a trippy alternate reality we don't mind getting lost in.
Ricky Rebel | Life is a Runway
Ricky Rebel has an impressive resume: LGBTQ activist, singer, and dancer. In his latest video he shows off all three.Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
The Collection | Entropy
Chamber pop band The Collection lives up to its name, sporting a myriad of instruments and, on their debut album, 25 members. They've since pared down to a manageable (and tour-able) sized group. Their bold harmonies and complex instrumentals sound more like a group of 25 than one of four.
Soul Cannon | Soul Cannon
Why don't more people play guitars when they rap? We're gonna queue up experimental hip-hop group Soul Cannon's other two albums while we speculate.Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Jessie Munro | On My Own
L.A.'s Jessie Munro streamlines traditional R&B, pairing soulful vocals with an electro-pop edge. Her six track EP tells the story of loves lost but not forgotten, and the courage it takes to move on.
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Once upon a time, wearing a graphic tee with an image of a beefed up, spikey-haired anime boy was considered lame. Now, it's legit streetwear.
Over the past few years, anime has grown from a hyper-niche, oftentimes derided interest in the West to a medium just on the border of mainstream. Along the anime boom in fashion, Hollywood studios have been scrambling to buy the licenses to every anime franchise they can. But that doesn't mean anime is new to Hollywood––some celebrities have been vocal about their love of anime for years.
Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan has publicly touted his anime preferences for ages. Kanye West is a big anime fan, too, citing Akira as one of his greatest creative influences. His music video for "Stronger" stands in testament, featuring imagery ripped directly from the classic anime film.
Happy birthday to the world's biggest genre
On this day in 1973, Clive Campbell, the Jamaican-American "selector" known as DJ Kool Herc, hosted a "back to school jam" at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue in the Boogie Down Bronx of New York City.
Armed with a booming sound system and reggae beats, Herc– a shortened nickname for "Hercules"– commanded insatiable audiences across the South Bronx with his unique looping technique called the "Merry-Go Round." "[I knew that] they were waiting for this particular break," Herc later said, "and I got a couple of records that got the same break up in it. I wonder how it would be if I put them all together."
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