Plus new music from Marlene Oak, Emily Rowed, Nebula Rosa and more.
This weekend, we have so many music videos for you to watch that you'll forget all about Netflix.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
Marlene Oak | "Slip Away"
Stockholm's Marlene Oak doesn't sound much like ABBA, but we don't mind. Her powerful vocals and folk influences sound more at home on this side of the Atlantic.
Disco Shrine | "Up In The Air"
Disco Shrine's powerful single describes the journey of her immigrant parents. Backed by infectious beats, Disco Shrine belts out a familiar story of chasing the American dream.
Emily Rowed | Pinball
Emily Rowed's cheeky new video takes us straight to the desert. "It was well over 100 degrees when we shot the video and there was no air conditioning in the motel," she said. "I was as sweaty as I was falling in love."Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Night Lights | Talk to Me
Night Lights - Talk to Me (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com
If you ever wondered what indie synthpop would have sounded like in the 90s, this is it. The new video from Night Lights is full of neon windbreakers, landlines, and plastic watches.
Cooper & Gatlin | Break
Cooper & Gatlin - Break (Acoustic) [Official Music Video ] www.youtube.com
Cooper & Gatlin's latest video is simple but doesn't hold back on aesthetics. The all-too relatable lyrics and intricate acoustic guitar shine.
Sydney Wright | Seiche
Sydney Wright - Seiche(Official Video) www.youtube.com
The title track from Sydney Wright's upcoming debut album is an anthem for third wave feminism, and the accompanying video reflects the collective search for freedom from societal expectations.
The Deep Hollow | Weary Traveler
Americana trio The Deep Hollow cranked it up a notch for their sophomore album. "I wasn't totally sold on having a fuller sound. I was a little nervous going in," frontman Micah Walker noted. "I was prepared to do it the way we did the last one. I'm really happy with the way it turned out, but it is a little different than our debut."
Nebula Rosa | Bengala
Bilingual psych pop group Nebula Rosa's debut album puts a spin on traditional American pop with a refreshing combination of Latin beats, code switching lyrics, and bluesy American guitars.
Fickle Friends | Broken Sleep
80s-inspired, dance-pop group Fickle Friends' new EP is a lycra-clad, neon-pink trip to the past. An unapologetically catchy, synthesized daydream, this EP comes hot on the heels of the band's debut album You Are Someone Else.
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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Sincere, vulnerable, and seductive.
Australian DIY pop artist Airports, AKA Aaron Lee, releases "U FEEL IT 2," following on the heels of his dreamy lo-fi banger, "Don't Sleep Anymore."
Aaron explains the double entendre of the song, "It started out being written as a song about a haunting relationship with depression in contrast to uplifting music, but when some of the lyrics started to spill out I realized I was also writing about positive romantic feelings for my partner." Featuring bleeding synths, blushing harmonies, and Aaron's velvety falsetto, "U FEEL IT 2" is a perfect summer anthem.
U Feel It 2
Killer Mike and El-P surprise fans on the second anniversary of Run The Jewels 2.
The morning of October 24 saw a couple of mysterious tweets from El-P show up online, leading to the surprise release of a new Run The Jewels track, "Talk To Me," off the upcoming Run The Jewels 3. Adult Swim released the song as part of its Adult Swim Singles Series, which usually puts up new music every Wednesday. Fans' first taste of material from the duo's third album shows off colossal production and charged lyrics. In other words, Run The Jewels are back.
"Talk To Me" dives right into the current tension surrounding the election and everything that it has resulted in. Killer Mike says, "Went to war with the devil and Shaitan / He wore a bad toupee and a spray tan," an image anybody who's breathing will understand right now.
Killer Mike, who is a long-time activist against racism and social inequality, never shies away from politically charged lyrics: "Born black, that's dead on arrival / My job is to fight for survival." Whatever the rest of the album holds, this song's importance probably won't become any greater than it is right now. It's a perfect choice for a single release.
A speaker reciting Ephesians 6:12 ("This is spiritual warfare") from the Bible divides the song in half—a verse from Killer Mike and a verse from El-P. The interlude cuts out after "evildoers and unclean spirits," and the song comes back in with a distorted voice that announces, "RTJ3, motherf—."
El-P throws his verse into more current controversy: "When you're safe and sound and these crooks tap your phone and now have a file on you." The song cuts deep into some of the biggest talking points of the last two years in just under three minutes.
Obviously, fans appreciate the group's willingness to take their music to places that others artists won't touch. RTJ2 songs like "Early" and "Crown" speak to police violence and drug culture. But the group never sacrifices its lyrical playfulness, the insanity of their wordplay or the positive energy (even on the darker tracks) that separates their musical production from many other artists.
The song ends with Killer Mike calling out everyone who still isn't paying attention: "I told y'all suckers, I told y'all suckers! I told you on RTJ1, then I told you again on RTJ2, and you still ain't believe me. So here we go, RTJ3!"
But when, Killer Mike?! Well, he tweeted two days before the song dropped that RTJ3 will be out this year "4 sho," so that pretty clearly narrows it down as the calendars change to November.
Get excited, RTJ fans, 3 is almost here.