Kat Capone Spills the Tea in Music Video for "Choke"

The pop singer-songwriter holds nothing back and keeps it real in her latest music video.

Kat Capone

The New York native pop singer/songwriter Kat Capone continues to shows off her dynamic and candid personality in her latest music video for her song "Choke."

Drawing from her musical influences like Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, and Missy Elliot, Capone skillful combines honest and direct songwriting mixed with fun, impactful pop beats to create music that can be enjoyed by the masses.

The video begins with fast cut scenes of a decadent living room, panning over luxurious decor and glittering gold furniture. The camera then cuts to Capone, dressed stylishly in all black and wearing matching berets with two other women. The trio begins to sip their tea when Capone launches into the song's opening lyric, "I heard what you said/ And you seem a little obsessed/ We coulda been friends/ This song coulda been a duet" with her sensual and raspy voice.

According to Capone, "Choke" is a high energy rhythmic jam full of attitude and confidence inspired by gossipers who secretly follow everything you do. This theme and Capone deep cutting swagger is especially obvious in the track's infectious chorus. With lines like, "You ain't gotta like me I got enough friends/ You ain't gotta lie to me or pretend/ No time for the he said she said/ We could smell the hate on your breath," and "Been hearing that my name's in your mouth/ When you see me you don't even make a sound/ Guess the cat got your tongue tied now/ Don't choke on my name spit it out," the singer makes a stance that she isn't here to waste time and energy on people who are less than authentic.

The quirky track is produced by MultiPlatinum producer KQuick (Alessia Cara, J Cole, Queen Naija) and its infectious flute melody is supported by deep 808s and clocklike percussion. The chorus serves elementary school playground taunting vibes paired with a classic reggae sample from Major Cat.

Check out Kat Capone's music video for "Choke" below!

Choke - Kat Capone (Official Video)


DYLYN Reveals an Inner "Secret"

DYLYN gets vulnerable and lets out her pain.

DYLYN, who hails from Toronto, Canada, unveils her new music video – "Secret" – today. Popdust spoke with her about the captivating new song.

What inspired the song?

This one is personal. My life was turned upside down and as a result this song emerged. 'Secret' became therapeutic, it helped me deal with this crazy thing that happens to so many people, yet often remains a taboo subject; especially in song," explains DYLYN. "'Secret' gave me a chance to connect with people, with my fans whose parents also split up due to infidelity; it became a way of reaffirming myself and others 'You are not the only one going through this.' When you write a song from such an honest and vulnerable place - that's when the magic happens.

Who produced it? What was the recording experience like?

The record was produced by Marty Martino. The writing process was all about 20 minutes. I was hesitant about writing about such a personal story, but as the lyrics started to unfold, everything fell into place. I recorded the song in a very dim lit vocal booth. I wanted to get into a headspace where I could feel alone with myself and deliver the lyrics from the most honest place.

What do you want people to take away from the song? Was there a particular mood you were trying to capture? A story you were trying to tell?

I want people to know they're not alone and especially as a child of divorce. We often focus so much on the two people involved that other members of the family are forgotten. It was really hard for me to watch my parents separate after being together for so long; my brother and I went through a lot. The resolve in the end is forgiveness and ultimately love. Singing about your own experiences gives others the chance to connect and realize they're not alone. When I was younger and fell into a dark headspace, music was always my therapy and outlet to get my emotions out - I'm hoping this does the same for others.

What are your plans for the next year?

I'm currently working on a new EP that is forecasted to be released this year. I'm very excited to get this music out and tour again. This record is going to be more raw and I want to put all my emotions on the table. 'Secret' gave me the courage to do that.

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American Authors Drop 'Seasons' LP

Dazzling pop music with hints of gospel and soul.

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American Authors recently dropped Seasons, a 10-track collection of songs blending pop, rock, and hip-hop flavors.

As seasons change, so do cultures and circumstances. On American Authors latest album, the band transforms those cyclical changes into a dynamic musical journey.

Vocalist Zac Barnett explains, "we had to go through all of these experiences and moments of experimentation to reach this body of work, which is the most genuine and pure thing we've ever done. It encompasses every season of our music: the ups, the downs, the highs, the lows, and everything in between. We let go of where we started, fell into the place of writing from the heart, and captured what came out naturally."


The entry point on the new album is"Stay Around," a pop-flavored alt-rock tune full of bright synths, echoing guitars, and delicious falsetto. "Say Amen" features Billy Raffoul, whose voice perfectly complements Barnett's. Full of tight gospel textures, the tune exudes intense passion, along with electrifying choir-like harmonies.

"Neighborhood" rides gentle melancholic hues and flows into a smooth iridescent tune emanating poignant, nostalgic surfaces. "Before I Go," a clear standout, opens on a stuttering guitar riff backed by thick, heavy synths. Barnett's rasping tones give the tune incredible sincerity, especially when the radiant gospel-like harmonies enter. Seasons is rife with gleaming colors, captivating melodies, and ineffable vocals supported by burnished harmonies–a stellar album from the veteran rockers.

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Randy Radicis a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.

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Felix De Laet – known to the masses as Belgian DJ Lost Frequencies – has soared to international success in the last few years.

In 2014, his hit single "Are You With Me" was certified multi-platinum, and he was the first Belgian artist to secure 5 hit singles that each charted #1 on the Ultratop Official Belgium charts. When I got coffee with the 25-year-old producer, he repeatedly described his music and uprising as having "good vibes," which seemed like the perfect way to describe his catchy deep house sound. We talked about his DJ brother, as well as his plans for 2019.

Talk to me about your family background with music.

So I grew up in Brussels, and my grandmother paid for my two brothers and me to get piano lessons when we were younger, so that's how we started. My older brother currently plays like every instrument and my younger brother makes disco house. It's pretty different from my stuff, but I'm working with my little brother right now on my upcoming single.

How did your parents handle having three musicians as children?

They were supportive. Which is great, but my bigger brother especially made a lot of noise growing up 'cause he was big into drumming.

How's the tour going so far?

It's great! Great vibes all around. Last weekend we did Montreal and Chicago, and I'm about to head out to do EDC Mexico which is going to be awesome. This summer I'm doing a lot of European festivals, but I did Electric Zoo at the end of last summer, and that was amazing. The vibe was great. I'm tired, but it doesn't matter. Each festival has a lot of high energy that keeps me going.

"Like I Love You" is doing great on the charts. Anything else in the works?

[The single] is doing a lot better than I expected, which is exciting. I'm planning a new release for March 8, then got a remix for American Boy by Estelle planned after that, along with a new album slated for this summer. Diplo likes my remixes too, which is nice, so I was able to make a remix for him of Cold Water and LSD.

How is the creative process different for this album compared to your last two?

The other ones I was trying purposefully to build an album, but this one is just a compilation of tracks that I thought sounded good together. It's also a lot more electronic sounding than the last two, which is exciting.

What do you hope to accomplish in 2019?

Well, in October of last year I just kicked off my label Found Frequencies, so I'm signing a lot of people on at the moment. I talked with Armada about it last year, 'cause I was finding all these people that weren't necessarily big enough to be signed by Armada, but that still had a steady following. Then by the time Armada was interested in them they had already signed elsewhere. So I made my label get these people on board before anyone else gets them. This year, I'm hoping to just take all the artists I've signed so far and put all them on stage with me and have a fantastic time.

Make sure to follow Lost Frequencies on Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud.

Mackenzie Cummings-Grady is a creative writer who resides in the Brooklyn area, Mackenzie's work has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, Billboard, and Metropolis Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @mjcummingsgrady.

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Mac DeMarco Is a Lizard Now—Also, He Has A New Album

He has proven you can truly be whoever you want to be.

In April of 2013, a survey put out by the Public Polling Place showed that 12 million Americans believe lizard people secretly run the country.

According to author David Icke, it all began "thousands of years ago," when "the reptilian beings intervened on planet Earth and began interbreeding with humans." Now, if this scenario were to happen, we at Popdust think the result would look exactly the way Mac DeMarco does in his latest video for "Nobody."

With no clear explanation as to how or why Demarco has scales, the video follows the reptilian singer as he performs his soft-spoken track while wearing a cowboy hat and pretending to puff on a thick cigar. The whole video, which was edited by DeMarco and (apparently) Robert DeNiro, is quite jarring, (unless you're David Icke, in which case you probably have a semi), but no one can rock lizard makeup quite like DeMarco. An album announcement by the singer accompanied the hilarious new video. Titled, Here Comes The Cowboy, DeMarco bluntly stated:

"This one is my cowboy record." Got it.

"Cowboy is a term of endearment to me, I use it often when referring to people in my life. Where I grew up, there are many people that sincerely wear cowboy hats and do cowboy activities." Oh, so this album is probably an ode to that community?

"These aren't the people I'm referring to." Oh.

The album is set to be released on May 10. Before you ask, yes, Mitski's album was titled Be The Cowboy, but she promises there is no connection. "I'm 100% sure Mac & I just went fishing in the same part of the collective unconscious!" she tweeted. Check out the video below, and all hail our lizard overlords.

Mackenzie Cummings-Grady is a creative writer who resides in the Brooklyn area, Mackenzie's work has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, Billboard, and Metropolis Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @mjcummingsgrady.

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When I decided to move to New York City last fall, it was to explore a metropolis supposedly brimming with opportunities for a young writer. It's why many artists move to the Big Apple: to push their limits and ascertain what their "calling" was meant to be.

The sliver of hope that I'd soon be living like Carrie Bradshaw was the only reason I voluntarily dove into the pandemonium that is the L train, Rainbow bagels, finance bros, and $16 whiskey gingers. "Now tell me something, is there a point to this?" Amber Bain sings on "Maybe You're The Reason" – the lead single off The Japanese House's captivating debut Good at Falling – I don't know Amber, I don't know.

The beauty of Amber Bain – who gets her name from her childhood summer home – is that she understands the complexity of human experiences and thinks they're worth singing about anyway. Bain told Genius that "Maybe You're The Reason" is "about being depressed and realizing there's no meaning in anything." For Bain, this realization isn't all bad. As she barrels into the track's explosive chorus, with guitars, synths, and ghoulish auto-tuned vocals all cascading into each other, a voice whispers in her ear: "Maybe you're the reason." Bain said that as she wrote this song, "I thought about my girlfriend at the time, and how maybe loving someone is the reason you live?" Bain understands that trivial stresses burden our subconscious, and that sometimes the meaning behind it all isn't as dramatic as we think it is. Sure, I'm broke, riddled with anxiety, and a homeless guy pissed on my foot on my commute home from work yesterday – but isn't it also possible that those harrowing experiences made that 2 AM bacon, egg, and cheese taste even better?

"Can somebody tell me what I want?" Bain pleads on "Talk All The Time," "Cause I keep changing my mind." Each track shifts and glides as fluidly as the range of emotions we might feel on any given day. In "somethingfartoogdootofeel," Bain quietly broods over melancholic guitars, "All of it was real, it was something far too good to feel." Then the song opens up to breathe, with drums and strings unshackling the track and propelling it into something greater. "We let our heads cave in, subject to a greater thing." In turn, the upbeat Indie-rock production of "You Seemed So Happy" is catchy and optimistic, but peel back a layer and the darkness reveals itself: "You seemed so happy to everybody you knew," Bain sings of her friend who committed suicide. "It's a metaphor for my music," Bain said to Genius, "because if I go somewhere in Europe on tour, they don't understand, they're not listening to the lyrics, and they think my songs are really happy."

As each track grows into something unexpected, you realize that you're at the mercy of Bain's vast emotional spectrum. Many formulaic pop releases of late have established their intention from the first note of a song, but with Good At Falling, you never know where you'll end up. "Wild" may leave you feeling introspective, while "Worms" may make you want to quit your dog walking job and finally get to work on that novel ("Invest yourself in something worth investing in").

The point is, Good At Falling is not a quick fix. It's not something that can be captured in words like "upbeat" or "melancholy." It's as multifaceted as the human subconscious. The project reassures us that feeling all these things is essential to being human. We sometimes forget that we are more profoundly varied than we often allow ourselves to recognize. In one moment, I'm frustrated by the subway dancers, who flip and clap in my face while I'm trying to read my book. Then I change trains. The dancers are gone, I get a seat (for once) on the M, and I watch the sun set over New York's skyscrapers. Sure, I'm sweaty and exhausted and smell like pee, but Good At Falling reminds us that maybe the meaning behind it all is just to look at that damn sunset. "It isn't the same, but it is enough," Bain sings on "I Saw You In a Dream." Agreed.

Mackenzie Cummings-Grady is a creative writer who resides in the Brooklyn area, Mackenzie's work has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, Billboard, and Metropolis Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @mjcummingsgrady.

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