Week 51 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our New Independent Music Friday playlist

Music review written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Woodstock by Ninet TayebArtist: Ninet Tayeb
Track: “Woodstock” 
With pomp ‘n’ stomp and in glorious old time rock, Ninet Tayeb delivers a heady rendition of Joni Mitchell’s 1970 release “Woodstock”.

Toms land thick and earthy, barrelled and rich in dirt; the smash ‘n’ crash of cymbal and fizz rains down from the sky in percussive counterpoint; kick punches gloved, with texture and depth of tone; snare smacked with rasp and tipping-point. Electric six-strings rattle in awesomely rough riff, with crunch ‘n’ grind. The track lurching in pulsating swells and ecstatic runs, as bass drives form and motion from the back.

Tayeb’s voice soars, soulful and full-bodied with an attacking rasp ‘n’ edge; her performance nothing short of barn-storming; the somber, wistful lament of Mitchell’s original cast to the four winds; and yet, the striking spirituality and heartfelt aspiration of the 1970 release remains.

Very much an rendition for our noisy, social and streaming media times, Ninet Tayeb successfully delivers the meaning and message of Mitchell’s song, without compromise with great understanding and respect. Wonderously operatic and glorious psychedelic; put it on repeat and play it loud. Really loud. ‘We’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden’.

Twitter: @ninettayeb
IG: n.tayeb


Forever Endevour by HarlanArtist: Harlan
Track: “Forever Endeavour” (Harlan LP)
Four-piece Indie-rock outfit Harlan releases a debut LP of home-brewed delights, shimmering gems; dreamy, introspective, and steeped in amp-warmed nostalgia.

Framed in an ever-shifting world of electric strings in chorus and reverb; founding member and namesake, Harlan Hutton’s voice forms the emotional and musical center of the 9 track album. Her words delivered as part stream of consciousness, part document; ideas and questions interchange; memories mingle with fantasies and forebodings; images from out and within. Hutton’s vocal presented in lingering ambient; supporting backing and double, resonating in odd detachment.

Instrumentation revolves about Hutton in a wondrously open arrangement; overlapping runs of guitar arpeggio and riff are delivered in expansive, musical stanzas; the bass playing and off the various guitar parts with great effect and compelling contrast; drums tipping and falling in lightly worked fill and beat, responding to the ebb ‘n’ flow of lyric and arrangement alike. The band playing the tempo as one; rallying and easing-off, in surges, slows, and stops.

An immensely enjoyable and engaging collection of songs from beginning to end, ‘Harlan’ makes for a disarmingly intoxicating listening experience. It sets about its work gently, drawing the ear and heart. Beautifully loose in its musical form and understated in its production, Hutton’s songwriting is allowed to breathe and move at its own pace. A quiet giant, ‘Harlan’ is an album you’ll revisit time and time again.

Twitter: @harhutton
IG: harhut


Fumes by TannersArtist: Tanners
Track: “Fumes”
Brash Magazine Artist of the Year 2018, the singular art-pop oddity Tanners makes a welcome return with her first release of 2019, the intoxicating neo-synthpop slow-burn masterpiece, “Fumes”.

Synthpads bleed in, melancholic and distant; electro-sonics burst blunt in percussive dabs. Linndrum-style beats snap and clasp, gated tight. The stereo field allowed to breathe open; arrangement crafted in instrumentation and space. Synths soar and resonate with compelling emotion, strikingly atypical for electronic music. The 3-minute 51-second track shifting in steady graceful stanzas.

Tanners works her voice deftly; allowing fragility and breathlessness to temper and texture her accomplished vocals. Verses stagger adrift and lost; choruses delivered in bittersweet surge and soaring rush. In an impressive demonstration of both taste and self-discipline, Tanners never outshines the quiet, understated production; letting the instrumentation stand equal to her voice.

Every bit the slow-burn modern classic, ‘Fumes’ is further testament to the great range and depth of Tanner’s creative talent. Ignored by Spotify in 2018, the great and mighty playlisting gods have finally caught up; ‘Fumes’ earning a well-deserved spot on their, ‘Pop Right Now’ playlist. With so much great music being made by the current generation of independents; in a sky filled with so many bright stars, Tanner’s star continues to shine amongst the brightest of them all.

Twitter: @whoistanners
IG: whoistanners


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About Tobi
Tobi is a mastering engineer and remixer via Tobisonics. As well as writing music reviews for Brash and running various Independent Music playlists, he also hosts Thursday’s #Musichouruk on Twitter.

Twitter: @masteredbytobi
IG: masteredbytobi

Welcome 2 Bubblegum Grunge | “Probably Crying” by Girl Wilde

LA Recording Artist, Girl Wilde, Releases New Single,
“Probably Crying”

Probably Crying by Girl Wilde - BRASH! Magazine Blog

Los Angeles based pop-rocker Girl Wilde is back today with the release of “Probably Crying,” the first single off her upcoming debut EP. Packed with 90s-inspired alt-rock instrumentals and vibrant pop melodies, “Probably Crying” is another heavy hitting track from the emerging ‘bubblegum grunge’ artist.

On the meaning of the new single, Girl Wilde writes that “‘Probably Crying’ is about owning my emotional tendencies and trying to figure out where they come from.” She continues to explain that “growing up I was deemed ‘overemotional’ (I can be). Like everyone else I have my own unique traumas, and working through them has been pretty painful. There was a certain time in my life when I could only muster the energy to cry. My expectations for what life should be didn’t leave room for me to experience reality, and when I did, it almost seemed to hurt worse. I didn’t have the patience, or distance from my own emotions.”

“Probably Crying” is Available Now on Apple Music & Spotify!

Los Angeles based pop-rocker Girl Wilde

Photo Credit: Jordan Douglas

About Girl Wilde
Previously songwriting for others as well as her past musical project, Alex Barnes aka Girl Wilde is no novice to the music world. The Girl Wilde project was born from a desire to be unrestricted by genre, expectations, and trends. Blending influences of rock, pop, and electronica, Girl Wilde is carving out a fresh and distinctive sound that is uniquely and truly her own.

Girl Wilde made her introduction to the world last year with her debut single “Bad Side,” which she quickly followed up with singles “Nervous Breakdown” and “Fake Louis.” With over 300K+ streams to date and support from Alternative Press, C-Heads, Ones To Watch, and idobi Radio, Girl Wilde is a glam alt-pop goddess you’re going to want to keep an eye (and ear) on.

Twitter: @ImGirlWilde
IG: girlwilde

Summer Jams! | “Saucy” by Keith Jacobs

R&B New-Comer, Keith Jacobs, Releases New Single, “Saucy”

Hip-Hop may still dominate the current Billboard Charts, but every now and again we are introduced to a R&B artist who has the perfect tone, style, and groove that becomes the promise of stardom. Keith Jacobs is that artist. His current single, “Saucy” from his forthcoming still untitled disc, due October 18th is already creating national attention with becoming “that song” at your favorite radio station. KEITH offers a throwback style of music which has been missing from the airwaves as of late.

Saucy by Keith Jacobs“The ladies have found them a new summer jam,” says Keisha Nicole at KBXX in Houston. “Keith’s new single “Saucy”, is sensual yet catchy,” she adds. Built on the energy of a simple guitar line, the melodies evolve to present an entrancing layered landscape where you can swim in a simple moment. At this moment you sink into the depths and all the elaborate iterations that can come when you are in search of all the flavors and depths of life and it’s passions. The Sauce of Life.

“Saucy” is Available Now on Apple Music, Spotify, & GooglePlay!

Keith Jacobs, a Houston, Texas native and a graduate of famed HBCU institution, Southern University in Baton Rouge LA. His love of music would later afford him to cross paths with another Texas native, famed music producer Jean-Robert Redwine (Chris Brown, G-Easy, Mario, Ludacris, Zendaya, Tinashe). Together through Redwine’s custom imprint, Redwine Music, the creation of “Saucy” came to fruition.

Keith is an artist that truly and genuinely embodies the energy of an era where R&B reigned supreme, says mega producer and label head Jean-Robert. “Keith is a modern evolution of the best feelings we grew up listening to and all the musicality it took to capture those classic feeling in our lives.”

“Saucy” continues to thrive at national radio and streaming platforms and has placed Keith in the path of success in the ever-growing business of music.

Saucy is a vibe and just the tip of the iceberg. I am excited about this release mostly because I can feel a shift of music and I want to be at the forefront of this change. – Keith Jacobs

Keith Jacobs brings his “SAUCY” talents to his hometown of Houston, TX with a performance at The House of Blues on June 26th and he makes his Essence Music Festival debut on Saturday, July 6th at the House of Blues in New Orleans.

About Keith Jacobs
Keith Jacobs’ music has a style and vibe that pierces through our feelings with subtle sonic influences from Houston’s iconic music culture. He sings with sensuality, appreciating every aspect of a woman. He’s loyal to his artistry, and the music holds the key to his soul. He’s intriguing; forcing you to want to know more about the man and the artist.RnB Artist, Keith Jacobs

No stranger to love, Keith Jacobs often finds himself as the muse in which his lyrics flow, embodying the good and bad experiences of his life. He’s transparently honest and true to his music. It doesn’t come as a surprise that by sharing his art with the world, he wants us to not be afraid of being transparent in our relationships.

With the release of his debut EP, Still Tippin’, Keith Jacobs shares his emotions and wants us to trust him with ours. Musically inspired by Diddy, Ryan Leslie and The Dream, Still Tippin’ takes us on an impulsive and melodic ride.

Keith Jacobs’ ambition and artistry will not allow you to forget who he is, nor will it allow him to fail. You’ll find that passion to succeed evident in his lyrics, as well as what’s most important to him: family, loyalty and constant progression.

Twitter: @ThisIsKeithJacobs
IG: ThisIsKeithJacobs

Music Vids | “Within” by Godz Chyld

Within EP by Godz Chyld

Bronx, New York emcee G.C. a.k.a. Godz Chyld presents the Joshua Cruz-directed music video for the D’artizt-produced title track of his new EP “Within”. GC’s last album was End Game, and he has collaborated with producer Jordan River Banks over several releases (watch the video for “Blue Flame” featuring Killah Priest and Loaded Lux).

GC says his new track is about “reconnecting with our true authentic selves. In this day and time it’s easy to get caught up in distractions because there’s so many of them like social media & the internet. I think it’s important for us to come back to ourselves and grow from our pure desires, not the programmed ones.”

Watch Music Video for “Within”

Godz Chyld - BRASH! Magazine Blog

Twitter: @G0dzChyld
IG: godzchyld7

Fear of Letting Go | “Heavy Waters” by Yianna

Yianna Releases Alt-R&B Sophomore Single,
“Heavy Waters”

New York-based songstress Yianna is back today with the release of her second single, “Heavy Waters,” the follow up to her stunning late 2018 debut, “Ordinary Love.” Drawing influences from alt-rock, pop, R&B and soul, Yianna creates music that is completely unrestricted by traditional genre boundaries.

Heavy Waters by Yianna - BRASH! Magazine Blog

Heavy Waters is about knowing that the relationship you’re in isn’t working and you’re not going anywhere with this person. You know you should leave, but you can’t or you’re afraid for one reason or another. – Yianna

“Heavy Waters” is Available Now on Major Music Streaming Platforms!

About Yianna
There is a raw vulnerability to Yianna’s music that is wise beyond her years; she taps into a soulful energy that is often absent from today’s mainstream hits. Marked by sultry vocals, laidback R&B stylings, and catchy melodies, Yianna’s music takes the listener on a uniquely picturesque journey with each and every track.

New York Recording Artist, Yianna

Photo Credit: Rachel Golden

When she was just 18, Yianna dropped out of college to pursue music. She knew little of the music industry, songwriting or production, but she had the drive to become an artist. After trying her hand at it and extensively gigging around the tristate area in various coffee shops and subway stations (all under fake names since she didn’t want anybody to know her identity), Yianna believed maybe it was time to move on and started applying to a military program. Before committing to her new career bath she was urged by those close to her to give music one last try. Feeling more encouraged than ever she dove head-first into writing her own songs… and now here she is today with two glittery singles under her belt and plenty more music on the way.

Twitter: @yiannamusic
IG: yianna

Electronic Design | “Design” by Reptile Room

Electro-Pop Trio, Reptile Room, Premieres Latest Single, “Design”, with Atwood Magazine and Announces New Album Jade Out August 9 on Om Records

Design by Reptile Room

Atlanta electro-pop trio Reptile Room just released a colorfully captivating new video for “Design,” the latest single from their newly announced album Jade, out August 9 on Om Records. Atwood Magazine premiered the enchanting track about feeling overwhelmed with the urge to speak but not able to find the right words.

Stream “Design” Now on Major Digital Music Platforms!

Reptile Room’s latest album explores lost relationships, addictions and internal battles, but also finding peace through it all. A band AudioFemme championed for their “thrilling, psychedelic visuals, intoxicating music, and powerful performances,” the trio is also planning tour dates following the album release.

Watch Music Video for “Design”

The band’s music has been heard everywhere from the likes of MTV, E!, Red Bull and beyond. Formed in 2017, Bill Zimmerman teamed up with brother and sister Sean & Sami Michelsen to release a self-titled EP listed as one of Creative Loafing’s “25 Atlanta Summer Jams” and went on to be nominated for an Atlanta Culture Award (presented by Live Nation). The three members do all creative work collectively, be it writing, recording and mixing, or editing photos, videos and designing art. Reptile Room aims to add wild & adventurous elements into the box of pop music – everything from the art to the production is a twist on the ordinary.

Electro-Pop Group, Reptile Room

Photo Credit: Mike Colletta

Twitter: @reptileroomatl
IG: reptileroomofficial

Soulful Summer Praise | “I Love To Praise” by Tamika Patton

Tamika Patton Offers New Soulful Gospel Summer Jam, “I Love To Praise”

I Love To Praise by Tamika PattonVocalist Tamika Patton has power, range, passion, poise, and presentation! She has incredible talent and anointing from God alone! As an indie Gospel recording artist, she has released hit singles that find their way to favorable radio airplay and into the hearts of listeners. She now offers a new Gospel summer jam! Her new single “I Love To Praise” is a soulful, urban praise track that is becoming popular within the Gospel industry and with fans.

“Tamika Patton does it again! Her sound never disappoints,” says radio personality and artist Lonnie Hunter. “This new single is both fresh and current. I’m a fan!”

Tamika teamed up with internationally known composer and guitarist David P. Stevens to write and produced “I Love To Praise”. Her new single follows her radio hit “Grace and Mercy” featuring Stellar Award-winning artist Earl Bynum. “I Love To Praise” is available on pre-order now and will be available via all digital music outlets June 21.

Pre-Order “I Love To Praise” Today on iTunes!

Indie gospel artist, Tamika Patton

The Industry Speaks!

With a nostalgic sound reminiscent of 80’s R&B Soul, Tamika Patton offers up new music that is indeed music for the soul. I Love To Praise is infectious, to say the least.  – Hasan James, Root Magazine Editor in Chief, Syndicated Radio Announcer

I love Tamika’s voice and spirit! It’s refreshing, powerful and anointed! She can sing anything! Her new single I Love To Praise is a fun summer jam that gospel music lovers are sure to enjoy! – Gospel Recording Artist Kevin LeVar


This new upbeat and catchy joint by Tamika Patton is giving me life! Perfect summer jam. – Earnest Pugh, International Gospel Artist/Label Executive

Twitter: @TamikaPatton
IG: TamikaPattonMusic