Get Live! | “Live Enough” Music Video by Macntaj

Hip-Hop Artist, Macntaj, Releases New Music Video for the Single, “Live Enough”, Filmed in Mumbia, India

Live Enough Music Video by Macntaj

Fresh off the release of his fire new project Trappy Gilmore, Sacramento-raised, Seattle-based hip hop artist Macntaj returns with the official music video for his single “Live Enough.” Filmed in Mumbia, India while recently on tour, Live Enough is a standout music video of 2019 based on its location alone, but producer Michaelangelo takes things even further with aggressive and hard-hitting production. With a repetitive, yet catchy, looping melody playing in the background, Macntaj absolutely spazzes on “Live Enough.” with enough energy to feel through the speakers. Venturing through the city Macntajexperiences India’s culture first hand while blessing the locals with a taste of his own art. Making waves with his recent release Trappy GilmoreMacntaj is most definitely a breakout artist to watch for in the new year from Seattle’s world-famous music scene. Directed by Connor Lorenz, Sameer Clicks, and Macntaj himself “Live Enough” will have you searching for more music from this rising star.

Watch Music Video for “Live Enough”

 

Stream Trappy Gilmore Now!

Trappy Gilmore Album by Macntaj

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Live in Hip-Hop | “Shake Those Hips” by The Urban Renewal Project

16-Piece Hip Hop Band, The Urban Renewal Project, Releases New Single, “Shake Those Hips”

Shake Those Hips by The Urban Renewal Project

The sixteen-piece collective known as The Urban Renewal Project is back and doubling down on the live-band hiphop aesthetic that has set them apart from their jazz-funk and fusion contemporaries.

“Shake Those Hips”, is from their forthcoming EP titled Love Glory Duty Death, expected later in 2019. The track is a bleacher-stomping, HoCo dance party, brimming with pep band vibes, bouncing sousaphone lines and an throwback sound reminiscent of The Pharcyde and Outkast. Rappers Slim da Reazon, Elmer Demond & Dustin Morgan are leading the squad and want you to show off your moves, so listen up and get ready to get down with The URP.

“Shake Those Hips” is Available Now on iTunes & Spotify!

Between coast-to-coast tour dates with rap legends Camp Lo and a transpacific festival appearance in Jakarta, Indonesia last year, the Los Angeles-based group has found time to record new material that explores an updated version of the Golden Era hiphop sound—infectious rap hooks, concentrated horn lines and a heavy dose of live drums—creating positive vibes just begging to be danced to.

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Long-time collaborator Elmer Demond and his laid-back flows are joined by the manic and unpredictable newcomer Slim da Reazon, as well as the band’s once-and-future bassist Dustin Morgan, a.k.a. Yung Jinja, now rocking the mic. The trio rhyme over instrumental grooves devised by bandleader R.W. Enoch and the group’s 13 instrumentalists while Alex Nester provides effortless soul, pop and funk vocals to complete the ensemble.

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Classic Covers | “Careless Whisper” by George Michael

Taken By Trees Shares Cover of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” w/ Billboard

Swedish dream pop act Taken By Trees just released an entrancing cover of George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” with Billboard. Produced by Dan Lissvikk (of Swedish dance-rockers Studio) with Mr Little Jeans on backing vocals, frontwoman Victoria Bergsman explains why she chose the song: “‘Careless Whisper’ came to mind around the time when George Michael passed away. I wanted to make a tribute to him, a thank you for all his amazing music his made. The whole song was really hard for me to sing, my range is not that wide…I have always felt that George Michael or Wham! would sound amazing in a Balearic production. My version is leaning into that Balearic style with an added Cumbia rhythm for a laid back groove.”

Stream “Careless Whisper” Now on Spotify!

Taken By Trees recently released their 4th full length LP Yellow To Blue, a playful and hopeful ten-track collection that explores the pop genre to its fullest, eliciting the help of Jesse Shatkins’ A-list calibre (Sia, Rihanna) and co-writers Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Adele), Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend) and Daniel Nigro (Empress Of, Carly Rae Jepsen). Bergsman, formerly of The Concretes, has been featured on Peter, Bjorn and John’s global hit “Young Folks”, which garnered over 115 million streams on Spotify and has appeared on multiple late night TV shows such as Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien. Taken By Trees’ crisp sun-soaked driving rhythms, gritty bass, and lush hi-fi mixes have garnered over 30 million streams since 2015.

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Trail Blazing – “Pioneer Soul Shaker” by Justine Blazer

Justine Blazer Celebrated International Women’s Day with Release of “Pioneer Soul Shaker”

Pioneer Soul Shaker by Justine BlazerNashville, TN – Nashville based singer, producer, songwriter, and recording artist Justine Blazer celebrated International Women’s Day with the release of new single “Pioneer Soul Shaker”.

“Pioneer Soul Shaker is about being a strong and optimistic female,” explains Blazer. “Even though life gets tough, persevere through life’s challenges, keeping your head high, high heels on and maintain your soul, spirit, and authenticity. This song is to inspire people to keep going, no mater how hard their path may be.”

“Pioneer Soul Shaker” is Available Now on All Major Music Streaming Platforms!

Recently, Justine Blazer signed a distribution contract with Victory Music Buzz for the release of the single and upcoming album. Justine’s new album will be available for pre-order on March 15th.

About Justine Blazer
Nashville producer, singer, songwriter and recording artist, Justine Blazer, has been taking the country world by storm. Her unique style of edgy country/pop/rock is infused with a hint of Detroit soul and modern vibes.

Justine’s career launched when she won the Nationwide Ram Trucks Battle of the Bands competition. That leads to an extensive tour playing 250 dates a year coast to coast opening for Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, Lonestar and more while receiving endorsements from Luna Guitars, Dean Guitars, Chrysler Incorporated and more.

In 2013, she released her 4th studio album “Gasoline”. She wrote/co-wrote all 12 songs. It was recorded at the acclaimed Sound Stage Studios on Music Row, produced by Nick Autry and mixed by Billy Decker. She had much success with this album. Her first single, “Not Going to Take You Back” hit Top 100 on the Music Row charts, along with a successful radio tour. Then “Gasoline” was the #1 most downloaded song on the Play MPE List. Following was “Las Vegas”, added to the IHeartRadio country station new artist rotation. Then her next single and music video for “Amen for the Weekend” was added and aired on GAC, ZUUS, TNN and more. Her last single off the album was “On The Edge With You”. It hit Top 10 on the European Charts, sparking a European Tour in 2015.

In the Summer of 2016, she was selected to be on the new TV show, “American Supergroup”, produced by Anastasia Brown, Kevin Wayne Waldrop, and Gary Wayne Bridges. It aired on MTV and POP Networks.

She went on to release her 2017 current single entitled “Like It Never Happened” then followed up with “Lie Anymore” and then her 2018 single release “No Tomorrow”. Since the summer of 2018, she has been working on her 7th studio album, “Pioneer Soul Shaker” slated to be released in the spring of 2019. Justine produced, engineered, mixed and mastered the whole album in its entirety. It features 12 tracks, with her debut single of the album Pioneer Soul Shaker.
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Week36 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

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

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

caroline by IndianaArtist: Indiana
Track: “Caroline”
UK-based Independent Artist and superstar in waiting, Indiana delivers a sultry cool slice of synthpop sizzle and stand out songcraft with new single, “Caroline”.

Having parted company with Sony in search of artistic freedom, self-confessed narcissist Indiana has thrown herself into the life of an Independent Artist, making music and music video alike with a pronounced single-mindedness and single focus, to work her own way back to the top of the charts on her own terms.

Latest single, ‘“Caroline” represents Indiana’s first new material of 2019. Framed by glorious synth sonics and fizzing ever-shifting ambient drenched in delay, modulation, and sweet saturation, the 3 minutes 34 seconds track hustles to a bit snipped hi-hat and Linndrum dry kick snare/kick snare. Well placed stutter and glitch adds further syncopation and excitement, as Indiana’s soulful pop vocals soar. The talented vocalist working an impressive range from rich soulful tones to breathy and brittle pop laments.

Impressive production enhances the emotional dynamic with smart use of arrangement and FX, opening up and closing down the track in an ever-changing phonic dynamic. Vocals FXs are applied with taste, as imaginative use of pitch, synth, and echo create harmony, double and foreshadow. For all its qualities, it is the elegance and integrity of Indiana's songwriting that stands “Caroline” apart from the weekly slew of dance-pop offerings. Where her contemporaries so often fall short, Indiana excels. Reminiscent of the great pop songs of the 80s, “Caroline” tells a cautionary tale by successfully pairing compelling melody, both mournful and engaging, with lyric rich in image and idea. The result is nothing short of a modern pop classic, quietly operatic and softly spoken poetic.

With a backlog of material to release and a highly active presence on social media, Indiana looks set to take 2019, and take it, very much on her own terms. Without access to mainstream distribution channels afforded to major label artists, Indiana will have to move the mountain to her by sheer force of will and talent. Fortunately for fans of her music, she’s not lacking for either.

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Hindsight 20 20 by UPSAHLArtist: UPSAHL
Track: “All My Friends are Rich” (Hindsight 20/20 EP)
Indie pop rising star UPSAHL releases her debut EP, ‘Hindsight 20/20’; rich in soul, swagger, sarcasm, and the sardonic, typified by the opening track, “All My Friends are Rich”.

Having only released her debut single, “Can You Hear Me Know” in 2018, UPSAHL has enjoyed a rapid rise to the impressive heights of placements on both Spotify and Filtr playlists, the attention of tastemaker publications, Consequence of Sound, Indie Shuffle and Ones to Watch, and #1 on the Hype Machine Charts. The young artist’s follow up singles, ‘Kiss Me Now’ and ‘Rough’ were produced by Max Frost and Tim Pagnotta & Brian Phillips respectively.

Drawing upon an eclectic range of genres, ‘Hindsight 20/20’ features a dazzling range of musical influences and delights for the listener. Each one successfully and seamlessly blended together across the five track EP. While Indie Pop remains the constant at the heart of each song, in turn, each one arrives, with its own unique flavor; the second track, ‘Stressed’ explodes into life with a sumptuous and swanky eruption of brass, the following track, ‘Drugs’ trading on Enimen-style loop ‘n’ sample.

Quirky and insightful, odd and ill-tempered, UPSAHL’s inspired use of lyrics catches and engages the ear from the get-go. Her singular use of phrase and expression, both familiar and, paradoxically, alienating at the same time. A refreshingly honest degree of obnoxiousness is present throughout; although UPSAHL has no interest or need to appear anything like ‘perfect’ in our eyes. Her vocal delivery works the beats well, moving from strut to rush with effective ease.

An intoxicating mix of smartly produced, creative instrumentation and arrangement, coupled with UPSAHL’s uniquely compelling songwriting makes for a highly enjoyable and original debut EP. Hindsight 20/20 exceeds the considerable expectations upon its creator’s young shoulders.

Catch the new video for ‘Drugs’.

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beverly hills by madgeArtist: Madge
Track: “Beverly Hills”
DIY pop producer Madge drops glorious electro on the most excellent lo-fi with her stand out rendition of Weezer’s 2005 smash hit, “Beverly Hills”.

Born and raised in Utah, now based in LA, Madge’s 2018 debut was an inspired cover of Sum 41’s ‘In Too Deep’. The MTV-friendly indie rock bop cast anew as a melancholic oddity of drawn-out guitar riff, willfully unrefined saw wave, and deconstructed drum machine fill. Madge managing to find depths in a track few had any idea existed.

2019 and Madge makes a welcome return to the art of the cover song with Weezer’s Grammy-winning MTV rotation all-conquering mega-smash, “Beverly Hills”.

Stripped down beat, bit and stab and chunky, cumbersome monolithic synth bass spit and grind; Madge tackling the opening verse in hushed rushes of double-tracked whispers, opening up to wonderful indie talk vox through the chorus. Sonic strangeness floats in the ambiance; modulating, escalating, auto-saturated, sequence and synth fizz, ripple, and squish. The track building in uneven lunges and bursts.

Stubbornly alternative and bold testament to the underproduced, untidy, wonder of the home brewed and truly independent, Madge’s reimagining of Weezer’s “Beverly Hills” will delight and dismay in equal measure. Refreshingly unapologetic in its intentions, the track is by no means for everyone; nor is it meant to be. Clearly indifferent to indifference, Madge is making music for you to love or for you to hate. A compulsion shared by all genuine Artists.

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About Tobi Davis (BRASH! Magazine/Blog Writer)
​Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for BRASH! Magazine. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.
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Hometown Dedication | “You Belong To The Sky” by Annie Bosko

California Native Annie Bosko Releases “You Belong To The Sky” Dedicated to Hometown Tragedy Victims

You Belong to the Sky by Annie Bosko

Nashville, TN — Thousand Oaks, CA native and accomplished musician, Annie Bosko, is lending her voice for good to benefit the 12 innocent lives lost at the Borderline shooting in her hometown. Following a performance alongside the likes of Jason Mraz, Colbie Callait & Rick Springfield at the recent Music Strong Benefit at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Bosko felt compelled to further pursue helping her hometown with the release of powerful anthem, “You Belong To The Sky”.

“You Belong To The Sky” is Available Now on iTunes, GooglePlay, & Spotify!

Written by Bosko, 100% of the proceeds from downloads, Streams, and YouTube monetization will go to the families of the victims through May 7th, marking the 6 month anniversary.

Watch Official Video for “You Belong To The Sky”

Bosko was left broken hearted after the senseless shooting and fire that attacked Thousand Oaks all within a 24-hour period. The tragedy hit particularly close to her as her childhood home nearly burned down.

Recording Artist, Anni BoskoAbout Annie Bosko
Born and raised a farmer’s daughter and the middle of 5 children, Annie is no stranger to hard work and fighting for her voice to be heard. She’s entertained audiences up to 300,000 people, played the Grand Ole Opry, received a standing ovation at Ryman Auditorium and has toured the country opening for acts such as Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Wynona Judd, Big & Rich, Josh Turner, Pat Benetar and more. Named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Artists You Need to Know, Bosko has shared the stage and performed with Adele, Darius Rucker, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and more.

Annie has penned songs for Willie Nelson, Jessica Simpson, Marie Osmond, Ty Herndon, Rita Wilson, Jessica Andrews and more. Her single, “Crooked Halo” was featured as a Highway Find on Sirius XM The Highway and the music video topped the charts on CMT. Rolling Stone magazine praised her as the #2 new country artist to watch, describing her as the “California girl next door with the country-pop delivery of Sheryl Crow.”

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Hip-Hop Melodies | “No Love” by down4thecause ft. Seb

Brisbane-based hip-hop artist down4thecause delivers a captivating melodic first single “No Love” with R&B vocalist Seb

Brisbane-based hip-hop artist down4thecause is building momentum with his first single “No Love”. An emerging voice in the Australian hip-hop scene, down4thecause has collaborated with R&B vocalist Seb over an smooth soulful instrumental produced by Dylan Graham. The vibe of this record is undeniable. the lyrics are powerfully emotive, the flow is faultless, the delivery is passionate and the hook is instantly appealing and memorable.

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down4thecause has an innovative approach to creating; he has a natural presence on the mic and a flow that is vibrant and compelling. He has a gift for phrasing and dynamics with songwriting that seems to come naturally. When paired with seasoned R&B vocalist Seb “No Love” is the perfect representation of the down4thecause’s hook writing and overall songwriting ability.

With signs down4thecause has been perfecting his craft for a long time; this is an artist worth paying close attention to. “No Love” features forward-thinking production and remarkable songwriting talent, the single will command your attention and get you in your feelings.

Listen to “No Love” Now!

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