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RELEASE RADAR | New Album from High Turnover

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.

SINGLES…

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.

You Might Also Like: The Chainsmokers, Gryffin, Cheat Codes

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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.

You Might Also Like: The Dead Weather, The Kills, Band Of Skulls

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⭐ 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.

You Might Also Like: Daughter, Fiona Apple, Death Cab for Cutie

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⭐ 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

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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."

You Might Also Like: James Blake, SOHN, Bonobo

Follow Sakr on Facebook | Instagram

VIDEOS...

⭐ 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."

You Might Also Like: Natalia Kills, Fefe Dobson, Neon Hitch

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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.

You Might Also Like: Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Amy Winehouse

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ALBUMS/EPs...

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."

You Might Also Like: Laura Marling, Julien Baker, Joanna Newsom

Follow Lindsay Kay on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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.

You Might Also Like: The Breeders, The New Pornographers, Uncle Tupelo

Follow Minks Miracle Medicine on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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.

You Might Also Like: Lou Reed, Danny Brown, Ty Segall

Follow High Turnover on Facebook | Bandcamp


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.

MUSIC

#WomanCrushWednesday: ANJULIE

Don't think women can be music producers? This woman is proving you wrong.

"The music industry is incredibly misogynistic...Unlike Hollywood there doesn't seem to be a lot of self awareness about the problem over here. I think that's starting to change."

Women are killing it in the music industry, and the world of song lovers couldn't be happier! In our column, #WomenCrushWednesday, we'll feature an awesome lady whose tunes are blowing up our playlists and ask them about their musical journey.

This week, Anjulie, a triple threat of a singer-songwriter-producer, is highlighted for her work in the industry both professionally and socially. This multi-cultural artist currently based in Toronto has written songs for Diplo, Zedd, Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, and Icona Pop (among others), but is now out with her own music that she hopes will speak to the importance of supporting female friendships. Read on for more thoughts on music and gender roles in the industry.

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PREMIERE | Anjulie honors fans in worn-torn countries with new "Dream Again" single

MUSIC | The singer-songwriter offers up a heartfelt ballad, and you'll probably cry.

Anjulie drops the song we all really, really needed right now.

Sometimes, you forget how privileged you can be in the United States, which is, of course, not without its wealth of sociopolitical, racial and economical problems. When singer-songwriter Anjulie engaged with her Iraq-based fans, who are constantly under the thumb of civil war, a much-needed conversation ensued. Broken hearts and broken souls trying to find a reason to live, trapped between a rock and a hard place, to say the least. The result is the poignant and stark new ballad called "Dream Again." She tells Popdust, premiering the track below, she wanted to know "what it's like to live somewhere where you and your family are in constant danger," she says. "The comments I got back were shocking, terrifying and inspiring all at once. I wrote [this song] based on those comments."

"Dream Again" unravels with glossy, titanic-sized, singer-songwriter vibes, akin to Sara Bareilles potency. Slick but with minimal production, Anjulie breaks down the barriers between races, backgrounds, creeds, cultures and statuses, weaving together thunderous songwriting and a feathery, supernatural vocal. "I got this rose in my pocket," she braids on the opening lyric. "Titanium rockets don't stand a chance against me. I got this heart that keeps beating. My time might be fleeting, but I'm not gon' to give up easy. I got this song that I'm singing but my hope is sinking. So someone please tell me: when will we dream again?"

It's a complex question, naturally, but the lilting melody, shimmering piano and simple guitar foundation releases brightness and optimism. It's a long road for all of us, but Anjulie avows that if we just reach out a hand, we can find love and peace for all--somehow. "Wishin' wells, kerosene, paradise, make believe. Fairy tales. Never seen. Can't pretend they were made for me. No, come on save me from this place."

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Anjulie's pedigree is remarkable. From winning a Juno Award in 2013 for "You & I" (for Best Dance Single) to working with major forces in the industry--Kelly Clarkson, Zedd, Nicki Minaj and Diplo among her collaborators--the singer, songwriter and performer has forged quite a solid place in the pop landscape. She has also earned a nomination at the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Breakout Video of the Year.

She moonlights as a writer. In a piece she penned for VICE last summer, called "Chicks Who Write Hits," she conducted an insightful conversation with another singer by the name of Eden xo Malakouti. In the lengthy piece, they discussed everything, from getting up when you are knocked down and streaming payouts. "It's really challenging to be an artist, but it's even more challenging to make money as a songwriter when you're getting 0.00208 of a penny per stream," Malakouti lamented. "I've been paid more for posting an Instagram than I have on my royalty statements for songs that have been played millions of times. I mean 'The Weekend' [her second single on Virgin Records] has 10 million plays on Spotify. I didn't see that money. It's bleak."

Screenshot from "Where the Love Goes" video

The pair even discussed the dismal state of mainstream terrestrial radio. "I'm moved by the art of storytelling. I like all kinds of genres, but the connection to the vocalist emotionally has to be there. For example, I love Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Michael Jackson, Robert Smith from The Cure, Kendrick Lamar, all the way to Tove Lo when she's being honest. Habits is an amazing record...," Malakouti said. "It's the overly conceptualized 'songwriter-y songs' that I can't get into as a fan. I respect them, but I don't want to hear them over and over agains—probably because as a songwriter they're predictable to me. I know what's coming before I even hear it on the radio a lot of times... But I get it because I've had to play the game too."

To-date, Anjulile has released several EPs, including 2008's Boom, and one full-length record (2009's self-titled).

Recently, she also released the video for "Where the Love Goes," featuring Oskar Flood. The provocative sequence explores various aspects of sexuality and fetishes, ranging from the furry fandom to food. Where does the love go? That's completely up to you. Take a look:


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