Young & Wise | Hopeless Romantics EP by Emmrose

Alt-pop artist Emmrose soars on EP Hopeless Romantics

Debut EP from NYC singer-songwriter reflects on love, heartbreak & overcoming

Hopeless Romantics EP by EmmroseAlt-pop teen artist Emmrose shares her debut EP Hopeless Romantics with the world today. A deeply personal collection of songs reflect on love, heartbreak, and finding your own happiness. Emmrose delivers intense, poetic lyrics and catchy pop melodies, immersing listeners into a deeply emotive world of her own.

Stageright Secrets premiered the release, noting how Emmrose “captures your entire attention and takes you on a warm and mellow ride through life and love, lulling you with a melancholy that one doesn’t expect to hear from an artist this young.” Only sixteen years old, Emmrose opens her heart, embracing intense emotions with honest introspection.

“Don’t let bad people stay in your life,” reflected Emmrose, speaking both on the content of the EP and her own experiences. “It is possible to move on and find happiness. Don’t let the pain of life overcome you and take away your spirit. It’s possible to overcome it. It’s okay to be sad, but just know that this sadness isn’t really ‘you’, and your attachment to people isn’t happy and you can move on.” While much of the material reflects on heartache and heartbreak, the ultimate message is one of hope, and learning how to find a way to move on.

Hopeless Romantics embraces the idea of interwoven emotions, memories, and experiences, acknowledging how they can continue to impact an individual as they try to move forward in finding their own happiness. “The song ‘Takes Me Back’ was written a while after I wrote ‘Five Months’ even though it is heard as an intro to the song,” shared Emmrose. “I thought it fit well since it is the memory of what had taken place in the lyrics of ‘Five Months’. It was a pretty dark time for me, and the audio effects highlight the lyrics so well. I’m really proud of that track.”

Stream Hopeless Romantics EP NOW on Spotify, Bandcamp, and Apple Music!

Much of her lyrical and musical inspiration comes while writing alone at home. “I’ll either play chords that come to me, or a melody that’s been ringing in my head. Sometimes I write down lyrics and then set it to music,” said Emmrose. Over the course of the past year, she recorded Hopeless Romantics, and a surge of new material with producer/engineer Michael Abiuso (Behind the Curtains Media). “I’ve been working with Michael a lot more, and it’s been really exciting,” said Emmrose, reflecting on her growth. “While experimenting with sounds in the studio, we often find ourselves working on individual creations until ready to share, we then combine ideas to make something really great. Mike will often suggest some crazy ideas, like having me pick up and play an accordion, or belt lyrics into the bell of a tuba as a vocal effect. We always find ourselves doing something kooky and fun in the studio.” Their collaborative efforts showcases itself with intricate details on every track, further accenting her soaring vocals.

A junior at LaGuardia High School in New York City, Emmrose admits her mind isn’t always on music – with the pressures of school and college admissions looming over her heard, and the daily interpersonal and social pressures of her age. Her single “Don’t Go” was written as a response to her observance of peers’ mental health struggles including anxiety, depression and suicide. A planned benefit concert for The Imogen Foundation was unfortunately cancelled last week due to COVID-19 concerns, but the message remains the same, of providing a lifeline of communication and positivity for teens. She hopes to re-book a future benefit show in support, and regularly performs throughout NYC.

About Emmrose
With soaring vocals and intricate melodies, you might be surprised to find that singer-songwriter Emmrose is a sixteen year old living in New York City, attending La Guardia High School as a junior. Blending a wide range of pop, indie rock and alternative influences, her sound defies a singular genre, drawing listeners in with poetic lyrics and interwoven harmonies.

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Her debut EP Hopeless Romantics was released March 20th, 2020. The title track was released as a single in late 2019, delivering a “stirring sense of destiny” as MP3 Hugger described, making Emmrose an “illustration of a prodigious talent”. As Come Here Floyd commented, “her bold methods of arrangement is indie, modern, nostalgic, and nuanced” making her “captivatingly bright” and a promise of what’s to come.

Emmrose is a Secret Road artist for sync licensing.
Twitter: @EmmroseMusic
IG: emmrosemusic

Bringing It Back | “Calling Your Name” by Steve Ray Ladson

R&B/pop artist Steve Ray Ladson shares emotive, smooth hip-hop single “Calling Your Name”

Calling Your Name by Steve Ray LadonNew York, NY – Steve Ray Ladson shares an emotive new single today titled “Calling Your Name“. Blending R&B, pop and smooth hip hop, he reflects on the universal search for love, and how life as a touring musician can make relationships a struggle. It’s a warm, authentic embrace, that speaks directly to the heart, as a moving and honest reflection. VENTS Magazine premiered the track, saying, “a wonderfully catchy song that captures the 90s, especially the R&B sound of the decade while maintaining it a bit modern.”

Ladson shared how the song came to be. “This song was inspired and created down in Muscle Shoals, Alabama one evening after a recording session at a friend’s home around the table where writing sessions are a norm. I picked up the guitar and began to play and sing, “I’ve had my share of loves ups and downs, I once was lost but now I’m found.” I played the song and sang the lyrics then a good friend of mine, Noah Shell, added to the selection with his touching second verse quoting, “I used to lay awake and wonder, if I’d ever find another.” Realizing that love is universal and is hard to find, especially when you’re a touring musician who spends most of the time on the road traveling.” A multi-instrumentalist and full-time musician, Ladson works as a touring member of the five-time Grammy award-winning Blind Boys Of Alabama, as well as the bassist of Robert Randolph And The Family Band, among projects of his own.

“Calling Your Name” comes as the second single off Ladson’s upcoming album, due out on June 19th. His first single, Do You Know was released last month, along with an accompanying music video. The soulful pop single build an authentic and irresistible feel-good hook, displaying Ladson’s masterful vocal performance and musicianship. “I want people to hear my music and say, it’s authentic and that’s the way music should be,” reflected Ladson. “Remind them of how it used to be and the way it used to sound. Bring back what could feel and when love and music was real. That’s my goal to bring back the real feel.” With COVID-19 bringing the world to a halt, it’s a time more than ever where the world needs feel-good music, and Ladson’s tunes deliver.

Playing over six instruments, and always striving to expand his talents, Ladson continues to dream big. He has previously been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and has worked/toured with numerous artists including Alan ParsonsVince GillZZ Top, Icelandic band Kaleo, and Mavis Staples. Well-rounded in a variety of genres, and always humble to his roots, Ladson continues to connect listeners across the world with his music.

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An accompanying music video will be released in the coming weeks, with his full-length album due out June 19, 2020.

R&B/pop artist Steve Ray LadsonAbout Steve Ray Ladson
Steve Ray Ladson was born and raised in Hopkins, SC on October 9, 1989. Steve Ray is a producer, songwriter, arranger, and musician. His musical talents include the piano, Hammond organ, lead guitar, bass guitar, and recently began playing the harmonica. He has traveled the world and is currently touring with 5-time Grammy award winners and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners The Blind Boys Of Alabama. He also plays bass guitar with Grammy nominee Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Steve Ray received a position with the Blind Boys through their musical director Joey Williams. Since then, he has made appearances on the Don Imus TV show, CTV, BET Canadian TV, AudioTree TV, and many more.
Twitter: @steverayladson
IG: steverayladson

Paying Respect with Soul | “You Know What It Do” by José James

José James Shares Playful Single “You Know What It Do”, No Beginning No End 2 Album Out March 6
World Tour Begins This Month!

You Know What It Do by Jose James

Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

With a beguiling mix of jazz, R&B, pop and soul, singer-songwriter and producer José James shares a playful new single today, “You Know What It Do.” His homage to Prince and the Minneapolis Funk sound he grew up with in the 80s, the track is from his newly announced future soul album, No Beginning No End 2. Coming out March 6 on his own label Rainbow Blonde Records, the record also features the talents of Aloe Blacc (from previous single “Turn Me Up”), Ledisi & Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (from first single “I Need Your Love”), Laura Mvula, Lizz Wright, Erik Truffaz, Hindi Zahra, Taali and more. James is celebrating the release with an international tour this year, as well – tour dates below.

Stream “You Know What It Do” HERE!

José James spent a decade reshaping jazz with the genre-blurring verve of a crate-digging beat guru, before becoming a solo R&B star. In the last couple of years he lived in Bill Withers’ shoes — recording and touring his legendary songbook for the Lean On Me project. Now, the satin-voiced songwriter’s latest is No Beginning No End 2, a sequel to his 2013 album that resurrects the bold eclecticism audiences first fell in love with. After the Bill Withers tour, James recalls:

I wrote a thing on Instagram saying I was thinking about No Beginning No End 2 and people went insane. They wrote thousands of comments about how the first one changed their life. I don’t sit around and think ‘my work is so important’ so that was kinda nice.

Things are a little different this time around. For one, while the prequel was James’ Blue Note debut, this is his first set of new music for his own label/collective Rainbow Blonde Records. Secondly, the album is full of collaborators who are auteurs in their own right: Laura Mvula, Aloe Blacc, Ledisi, Lizz Wright, Erik Truffaz, and Hindi Zahra, to name a few. Thirdly, with the backing of a wildly talented band held down by rhythm sections in Los Angeles and Brooklyn (befitting Rainbow Blonde’s bicoastal status), the songs are warmer and more defined than ever.

Singer-songwriter, producer, Jose James

Photo Credit: Janette Beckman

For James, all of these pieces are related, and speak to a constellation of small but vibrant artist communities in constant communication. “We’re trying to connect the dots on a global level and that’s sort of the whole concept: no beginning, no end, no boundaries,” he said. This extends to his partner in business, songwriting and life, Rainbow Blonde co-founder/artist Taali. James explains: “With Taali, I feel really seen for the first time and that’s powerful. I think that’s what we’re all striving for on an individual and cultural level.”

James goes on to say, “I read an interview with Billie Eilish where she was talking about, ‘I can’t believe people used to think genres existed,'” he laughs. “It’s like, oh man, that’s just so nice. It was such a struggle for my generation, and others before, to kick these doors down of this genre and that, and it’s so beautiful to know there are kids who can’t even think that way.”

Naturally, NBNE2’s players are of a similar philosophical mindset, including: Brett Williams, Kris Bowers, and Takeshi Ohbayashi on keys; Marcus Machado, Alan Hampton, and LP co-producer Brian Bender on guitar; Ben Williams on bass; and Justin Brown and Jamire Williams on drums. James also enlisted Alberto Lopez (of Quetzal) for the sort of Afro-Latin percussion common to so much black music of that era, from Marvin Gaye to Gloria Gaynor — which befits James’ own Angolan-Panamanian roots.

2020 Tour Dates
2/12: Tokyo, JP @ Billboard Live
2/14: Osaka, JP @ Billboard Live
3/21: Denver, CO @ Dazzle Jazz
3/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
3/25: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
3/27: Washington, DC @ The Hamilton Live
5/7: Evanston, IL @ SPACE
5/8-9: Minneapolis, MN @ Dakota

About Rainbow Blonde
LA-based Rainbow Blonde is an independent record label, multidisciplinary collective, and open-spirited community founded by Talia Billig, Brian Bender and José James on a few simple principles: it’s run by artists for artists, it’s a one-stop shop with a superstar in-house crew, music is culture – not product, and none of this works if you aren’t having fun doing it. Inspired by Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Arts Society, Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder, and Solange’s Saint Heron, Rainbow Blonde is a space allowing artists to be fully creative without feeling inundated by the confines of big business. With an art department including former Blue Note designer Hayden Miller and legendary photographer Janette Beckman, plus in-house producer/engineer Brian Bender, whose credits span both music (Bing & Ruth, KT Tunstall) and film (Lemon, The Mars Generation), the label is doing just that, releasing projects from José James, Ben Williams, Taali, Bright & Guilty and beyond.
Twitter: @josejamesmusic
IG: josejamesmusic

Hot Visuals! | “In here” by Ruciano x Killah H20 Da Don Music Video

Brooklyn Rapper Ruciano Teams Up with Killah H20 Da Don in New Music Video for, “In here”

Ruciano x Killah H20 Da Don deliverers new visuals for a track titled “In here”. The single is from Ruciano’s forthcoming project, Atlantis The Compilation.

About Ruciano
Ruciano is a Brooklyn native recording artist and 1/3 of the hip hop group, The Chillionaires.

At an early age, he discovered his passion for making rap music. He started to develop his skills by practicing verses over instrumental beats. He cites his influences being Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, AZ, Nas, Big L, DMX, Styles P, Eminem, and Lil Wayne.

By creating his own thought process, he was able to master his very own formula in his rap artistry. Today, Ruciano brings sporadic bouncy flows, multi-syllable rhyming, metaphors, and catchy hooks. Ruciano’s goal is to have the Hip Hop world to recognize his lyrical ability while building his brand.

Atlantis The Compilation by Ruciano

Stay tuned for more about the upcoming project, Atlantis The Compilation.

IG: ruciano_

Music Mondays | Exclusive Interview w/ F.Y.I. Bounze Houze Album

Exclusive Interview with, LA Hip-Hop Artist, F.Y.I. for the New Album Bounze Houze and Short Film

F.Y.I., LA hip-hop artist, self-described “hueman”, lyrics and content that’ll make you think while giving a memorable jam session wherever you are. 

After the Fall ‘18 album release, Herecember 20NOW, F.Y.I. continues his run in dope lyricism with the new project, Bounze Houze, released on Jan  25th. The new album consists of upbeat tracks, motivating movement. This time around, F.Y.I. used his creativity to describe a viewpoint of relationships. Focusing more on a subject matter that was lightly touched in previous projects, F.Y.I. delivers a short film to complement the latest release. The film takes you through the dynamics of how men and women connect and interact taking us on a “sometimes bumpy” ride.

Bounze Houze Album by F.Y.I.

BRASH! was given the opportunity to get exclusive looks and listens to both the new album and short film, which is available with every album or merchandise purchase. 

Check out the interview below with F.Y.I. for more details on Bounze Houze and how the deliverance of the short film: 

As an artist, as long as you live life there is always something to write about and be inspired by. 

hip hop artist F.Y.I

Photo Credit: Jessica Magana of Red Heart Media

BRASH! How would you describe the new album in just three words?
F.Y.I. Eclectic.Hip-Hop.Vibes.

BRASH! What inspired the name Bounze Houze for the new album?
F.Y.I. It’s a nod to the overall sonics of the record.  I wanted only up-tempo tracks to create to. Nothing too slow or laid back.  Only music that cut through and compels people to move, to bounze.

I was inspired to write about that man-woman dynamic and the dramatized fun that ensues when the opposite sexes meet.  It was an opportunity for me to make a record that my female fans and women in general could rock with on a deeper level but still make it hard enough lyric wise where guys could vibe with.

BRASH! What experiences led you to writing and creating the lyrics for the new album?
F.Y.I. The scenarios on the record are inspired by different relationships that I had in the past and some of them are based on true stories from other people close to me.  As an artist, as long as you live life there is always something to write about and be inspired by.

I’m a lyricist; that’s the fun part of making music especially hip-hop. No matter what people say or the narrative that certain artists try to create nowadays; it’s still what it is – hip-hop.

BRASH! You maintain your lyricism along with a different take on the subject matters on this album, was there a challenge in finding balance?
F.Y.I. The challenge comes from creating something that you’re happy with and confident in to display to the world.  That’s always the challenge. Once you conquer that, then everything else falls into place. For Bounze Houze, I was able to dedicate an entire project to subjects that I usually touch on only once on my other projects; that’s the major difference.  I’m a lyricist; that’s the fun part of making music especially hip-hop. No matter what people say or the narrative that certain artists try to create nowadays; it’s still what it is – hip-hop. The difference between me and Chris Brown (just using an example; no shade) is that I rap; he sings.  What makes rap music, rap music – is lyrics, words, poetry, rhyme. Melody can be in there, “vibe” is always a part of making any song, but at the end of the day it’s about lyrics! Saying something. So I wanted to show people on this record that we can talk about women, we can talk about relationships and the music can still be hip-hop at its core; nothing watered down or compromised.

BRASH! How did you develop the concept of having a short film to go along with the album?
F.Y.I. I’ve always wanted to do a short film with my albums since 2014 but this project was the perfect subject matter to execute that vision and bring it to fruition. Praise God.   


Photo Credit: Jessica Magana of Red Heart Media

I look at the film as a thank you to those [that are] truly engaged with my artistry at a higher more connected level

BRASH! Throughout the film, it takes you on a journey of a relationship while correlating the songs within the short. Describe the process of developing the film that connects with the album.
F.Y.I. The short film was inspired by the songs on the project, so it was not created until after the entire record was completed.  From the songs, themselves, the script of the film was developed. I always said that a lot of my music is audio literature so the film had a conceptual foundation to go from.  The director, Marlon “Hightop Bully” Womack, came up with the script/treatment for the film and then I came and sprinkled in some flavor based on knowing the overall message and theme of the music to make the story more cohesive.

BRASH! What lessons can be learned through the film and the album?
F.Y.I. That God is faithful and He will see me through a creative process.  That I’m not boxed into one zone, one style or approach to making records or being creative.  This was the most ambitious creative endeavor I had to date. The record constituted a lot of collaboration with other artists and musicians to bring the ideas to life and then the short film was a new adventure for me because it was sharing my ideas through a new creative medium, film.  I also had the idea in mind of exclusivity in the sense that the audience would engage in the process of being proud to pay for exclusive merchandise or purchase the music in order to see this short film. I look at the film as a thank you to those [that are] truly engaged with my artistry at a higher more connected level and want to experience it in more than a snippet of a song on social media or streaming songs. 

BRASH! You tapped into your acting skills in this short film, is this a sign of venturing into the acting world in the near future?
F.Y.I. Thanks! It was fun tapping into a new creative side of me.  And why not, Marvel call me ASAP!

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Twitter: @fyipsalms
Instagram: fyipsalms

Band News | Marquee Grand’s Self-Titled EP

Emerging Alt-Rock Band Marquee Grand Recently Released Debut Self-Titled EP 

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Buffalo, NY – Teasing fans with the recent release of their single “Maybe”, Marquee Grand is eager to share their new music with the world – a tantalizing taste of their high energy, infectious music that has led them to perform in conjunction with major bands like The 1975, Dashboard Confessional, and Blink-182.

Our debut EP means a lot to us. It shows the progression of songwriting and is a true demonstration of the genre barriers that we can break. Each track on the EP has meaning to us and the EP as a whole represents feelings that most adolescents and young adults encounter in their lives. Our goal is to take the experiences and feelings we’ve had and channel it through music to connect with others. This EP is just the tip of the iceberg, as we will be very busy delivering new music to our fanbase in a quick manner in 2020.

Stream Marquee Grand EP Now!

Since the release of their debut single in 2018, Marquee Grand has brought a refreshingly modern style to Buffalo, New York’s music scene. Comprised of members John Richter, TJ Luckman, Matt Lawniczak, and Josh Owczarzak, these Buffalo natives stand out above the rest with alt-rock influences spanning the past few decades. Their single release “Not Finished Yet” resonated with fans and reached over 27,000 streams on Spotify signifying a strong representation of the band’s cohesive musicality and burgeoning talent. High energy performances make their live shows memorable as they radiate infectious melodies, unforgettable lyrics, and an anthemic attitude throughout each of their original tracks. Their portfolio is comprised of carefully-crafted singles leading up to their highly-anticipated debut EP in early 2020. Their message is simple: Be Grand.
Twitter: @marqueegrand
IG: marqueegrand

Once Upon A Heartbreak | “Seventeen” by Chey Rose

Chey Rose Dives Headfirst into Emotions of Heartbreak and Nostalgia in Vulnerable New Single, “Seventeen”

Seventeen by Chey Rose The new year is often known for ringing in hope and inspiration, but for many, it can be a somber time of reflection, nostalgia and even heartbreak. Chey Rose embraces these vulnerable emotions head-on in her brand new single, “Seventeen”. A raw, intimate breakup ballad, the song is a desperate cry to escape the jaded numbness that comes with years of failed love & longs for the ability to feel deeply & freely again, like a first, fresh heartbreak at age 17.

Minimalistic piano, dreamy synths, lo-fi beats & muted electric guitar build this piece into what can be described as a more cinematic Sasha Sloan ballad.

“Seventeen” was co-written with Nashville artist-writer Amy Asher and producer Tony Chetta, is a new very personal style of writing Chey has been delving into. The verses are descriptive and wordy, depicting specific scenes and revealing intimate details in singer-songwriter story-telling fashion; however, the melodies, production, and chorus structure pull from pop/r&b influences. The result: a unique niche sound that’s fresh, heartfelt and most importantly real.

It’s crazy because the night we wrote Seventeen, I didn’t even feel like writing. So much was going on in my personal life and I was honestly scared to face those emotions. But I did anyway, and what started out as a 10pm therapeutic wine night with my two best friends turned into the 2am birth of a song so confessional and real and honest that it scared me – in a good way. Days after the session I couldn’t stop playing the song – it was literally healing my soul as I listened to the demo over and over, and that’s how I knew it had to be shared. If it can heal my heart, it has the power to connect with and heal so many other souls who may be dealing with the same exact thing. – Chey Rose

Stream “Seventeen” Now on iTunes & Spotify!

Recording artist, Chey RoseAbout Chey Rose
Artist-writer Chey Rose has already begun carving her unique niche in the music industry. Writing from a deep place of raw, descriptive sentimentality, Chey draws inspiration from her personal life experiences, crafting songs that carry the spark of young love, carefree memory making & nostalgia. Her June-released pop anthem V.C.R. quickly gained the favor of several Editorial Playlists, landing a spot on Spotify’s official Chill Hits playlist and garnering an overwhelming amount support from its 5 million followers. The track has since racked up almost a million streams and over nine hundred playlist adds on Spotify alone.

Chey’s sultry tone & icy smooth vocals, combined with the fresh melodies & sharp production in each of her tunes, mesh together to create a sound described by The Belmont Mixtape as “a Kehlani-meets-Lauv blend, with a sprinkling of Troye Sivan lyric-magic & a hint of LANY alt-pop influence.” Her musical influences also include artists Olivia O’Brien, Sasha Sloan, Nina Nesbitt and Khalid. Aside from her solo artist career, Chey is an avid songwriter and is frequently cowriting with other musicians and NSAI members. She has had outside cuts by artists in both the country pop and pop/r&b scenes.

Originally hailing from Columbus, OH, Chey currently attends Belmont University in Nashville, TN, majoring in songwriting and minoring in music business. When asked to sum herself up in one sentence, her favorite response is that she is a “lover of good lyrics, handwritten letters, travel adventures & anything cat related.” Chey continues to build steady momentum through new releases and live performances in well known Nashville venues such as Analog at the Hutton, the High Watt, Rocketown, the Basement and more.
Twitter: @CheyRoseTunes
IG: CheyRoseTunes

Self-Love Message | “God Made Me Right” by The Highway Women

The Highway Women Celebrate All Forms of Beauty with New Single, “God Made Me Right”

God Made Me Right by The Highway Women - BRASH! Magazine BlogThe Highway Women dropped their feel-good anthem “God Made Me Right” on all streaming platforms. The Highway Women continue to showcase their passion, mission, and talent with a song that delivers a powerful, positive & uplifting message for women and girls everywhere.

“God Made Me Right” is a message of truth. No matter your age, heritage, size or background, you are all beautiful. Highway Woman, Amanda Pruitt shares, “I love the song because of the honesty behind it. We are all different but we are all made just right.”

The track delivers a beautiful message to celebrate our differences and beauty along with female empowerment which really highlights the strength and vocal talents of each member of the band – Think Country

The Highway Women delight on their new single “God Made Me Right.” The song is an anthem of female empowerment. They have a distinct sound that is refreshing for the radio airwaves. – Digital Journal


“God Made Me Right” was written & produced by Justine Blazer who is an integral member of our development team. “I wrote the song in approximately ten minutes. I submitted it to their label thinking, “here goes nothing”. I am so grateful to The Highway Women for bringing this song to life. It is about celebrating all forms of beauty, shapes, skin colors and sizes because we are made right!!”

Stream “God Made Me Right” NOW on iTunes, Google Play, & Amazon!

The amazing vocal talents of each band member of the Highway Women is unique and showcases how true beauty, strength, talent in diversity can come together in beautiful harmony.
Twitter: @highwaywomen
IG: highwaywomen

Hip Hop Duo Eastern Sunz Set to Release New Music Video for “Like This”

Portland Hip Hop Duo Eastern Sunz Take it Back to the Very Old School in New Music Video “Like This”

The award-winning Portland based hip hop duo Eastern Sunz are set to release their new music video “Like This” on Friday, February 21, which will serve as the lead single to their upcoming album due out in Spring 2020.

Portland Hip Hop Duo Eastern Sunz

Photo Credit: David Greenwald

The video follows rappers TravisT and Courage as they don early 1900’s attire and interact in contrast with the modern world. The fish out of water story is a familiar one for Eastern Sunz.

As a hip hop group with a throwback sound that typically tackles social, political, and environmental issues, we often feel like we don’t always fit in with the modern mainstream perception of rap music. We decided to just have some fun with this one and embrace the role of the black sheep.
– TravisT (Travis Taylor)

We see the song as an anthem for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.
– Courage (Aaron Harris)

“Like This” was produced by Smoke M2D6, who recently had his music appear in a Super Bowl commercial and the song features veteran Portland rapper Vursatyl, fresh off of a collaboration with Dame D.O.L.L.A. (aka NBA All-Star Damian Lillard). The video was directed by Ian Stout in what marks his fourth collaboration with Eastern Sunz.

The video will be available on YouTube and the single will be streaming on all digital music platforms including Spotify and Apple Music starting Friday, February 21. To celebrate the video release, Eastern Sunz will be performing at Atlantis Lounge (3552 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217) on Saturday, February 22 at 9:00 PM (21+ $5). In addition, a special early premiere screening will be held at Beulahland (118 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232) as part of the longest-running hip hop weekly event in Portland, Wicked Wednesdays, on February 19 at 10:00 PM (21+ Free).

Portland Hip Hop Duo Eastern SunzAbout Eastern Sunz
Eastern Sunz provides a fresh take on sociopolitical issues which have landed them the John Lennon Songwriting Contest grand prize, the Eco Arts Awards grand prize, first place in The International Songwriting Competition, and The Independent Music Award for Album of the Year.

The Oregon hip hop duo consisting of Courage and TravisT have been recording and performing music together for over a decade. They have worked with such artists as Grammy award winner Macklemore and Swedish Grammy inductee Promoe. Their dynamic live show features a full band and has kept them touring across North America and overseas, as well as helped them make a name for themselves on the festival circuit.
Twitter: @easternsunz
IG: easternsunz

Week 76 | 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 reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Artist: Thyla
Track: “December”

Thyla’s latest single, “December” is a work of compelling grace and sublime melancholy.

December by Thyla

Painted in great sweeping ambients of shimmering feedback and sustain, slow-burn six-string arpeggio and delay-drenched rake; drums pounding deep at the heart of it all, kick and snare trading blows; great wash and crash of cymbal fizz, exploding onwards and outwards. The bass walking the groove steady and strong at the back.

Millie Duthie’s vocals cry out in scattered, overlapping echo and double; desperate shards of melody cast skywards and infinite by the talented vocalist. The instrumentation of the track swimming around her, sonics shifted, pitched, and reversed by modulated sample rate and timing. The production building in step with Duthie’s voice and delivery to a towering, massive musical event.

As the music industry runs itself down to the traditional festive break, quality releases become thin on the ground as artists either hold off to the new year or fall foul of the dreaded christmas song (a phenomenon which year on year robs musicians of any discernible taste or apparent ability). Amidst this slew of mediocrity, Thyla have delivered one of the stand out tracks of the year. “December” is a work of compelling songcraft and sublime musicality; a composition where emotion and production work in well-judged and inspired harmony.

It’s time to amend those best of 2019 playlists.
Twitter: @thylamusic
IG: thyla_music

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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.

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