Plus new music from Oginalii, Ghostly Kisses, Lauren Rocket, and more
Pour some bubbly and settle in, we planned your weekend playlist for you.
RELEASE RADAR is here to give you the breakdown of your top singles, albums, and videos to check out as you head into your weekend. 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.
TELYKast | "101"
TELYKast is shattering stereotypes when it comes to electronic music. Sandwiched between DJs and computer-based beats, the L.A. trio features instrumentals, expertly mixed vocals, and catchy lyrics in their new single.
Oginalii | "No Littering"
Oginalii frontwoman Emma Hoeflinger is a rock 'n roll powerhouse--and don't you forget it. "I hope this song can be a reminder to all the beautiful women out there of your inner power," said Hoeflinger.Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
⭐ PREMIERE ⭐ | Ghostly Kisses | "The City Holds My Heart"
Margaux Sauvé, better known as Ghostly Kisses, draws on her classical violin training for her new single. Heart-wrenching lyrics melt into a dreamy pop melody as two forlorn souls struggle between heart and home.
⭐ PREMIERE ⭐ | Lauren Rocket | "Diamond Nights"
L.A.'s Lauren Willow White's first single as Lauren Rocket puts an '80s spin on otherwise modern synth-pop. "It was influenced by Blondie, and memories of driving across the country," said Rocket." Also what it feels like to be in love in your youth, when everything feels so intense and so permanent."You Might Also Like: The Child, MGMT, Madonna
Sakr | "Home Again"
Sam Sakr shows off his production prowess in his debut single. "'Home Again' is about the surrender of falling into dark places over and over again," Sakr explained. "The jagged nature of the arrangement and the complex sound design is a sonic projection of how frantic and uneasy my mind moves in those places."
⭐ PREMIERE ⭐ | Anjulie | Hold Me Down
Award-winning songwriter Anjulie takes DIY and makes it her own in the video for her new single, which dropped during the Toronto Film Festival. "I didn't have a budget for a video but I'm super hype on the song so I thought it would be fun to just run through the center of TIFF with a camera," said Anjulie. "No one in the video could hear the audio so I looked even more insane in person than I do with the music."
WAFIA | I'm Good
Australian pop queen WAFIA is back with a video her single "I'm Good" (previously featured on Release Radar) and takes us on a spin around Highland Park in L.A.--in one continuous shot.
Lindsay Kay | For the Feminine, by the Feminine
Lindsay Kay's aptly-named debut LP celebrates womanhood in all of its forms. Kay collaborated with strong, powerful people who identify as women throughout the project. "I tried to imagine men recording this music," Kay says, "even men I love working with, and it made me uncomfortable. I needed people who could truly connect with the music on a personal level and would allow me to be completely vulnerable in the studio."
Mink's Miracle Medicine | Pyramid Theories
"Twang inspired rock 'n roll" group Mink's Miracle Medicine is back with their sophomore album, defying genres and leaving us yearning for more.
High Turnover | Face Melt
Seattle's High Turnover turns classic folk rock on its head with their latest album, Face Melt. Frontman Alec Estes varies his approach to songwriting and crafts a unique story with each track and keeps raising the bar.
Allie Delyanis is an award-winning and losing freelance journalist based in New York City. She likes bands, books, breakfast food, and would love to be David Sedaris when she grows up. You can find more of her work on www.delyanis.com.
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Kim Kardashian has nearly 190 million followers on Instagram, where she's in the habit of posting at least once a day.
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Content Warning: The following article contains depictions of sexual assault.
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