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.

No Love by down4thecause ft. Seb - BRASH! Magazine Blog

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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Twitter: @sodown4thecause
IG: sodown4thecause

Fame is the New Black | “Sorta Kinda Famous” by Z. Smith ft. Brittany Bishop

Z.SMITH Releases New Single “Sorta Kinda Famous” featuring Brittany Bishop

Nashville-based artist, Z.SMITH recently released new single, “Sorta Kinda Famous” featuring Brittany Bishop.

Sorta Kinda Famous by z. smith ft. brittany bishop

“Sorta Kinda Famous is a fun and bouncy expression of this newfound publicity and the almost, maybe-sorta (not really), fame that is starting to emerge,” explains Smith. “After I wrote my verses and the hook, you could tell it needed something extra to put it over the top and that’s when we reached out to Brittany. Bishop adds a new flavor to this single with a sexy verse and memorable hook that is sure to bring you back for more.”

Recording artists, z. smith and brittany bishop

“Sorta Kinda Famous” is Available Now on Major Music Streaming Platforms!

Hailing from the West Side of Cincinnati, OH, Hip – Hop/Rap artist Z.SMITH currently pursues a career in Nashville, TN. Since his release of “Ready Up”, Z.SMITH found himself gaining more followers and listeners, both things he had never experienced in his career before.


Twitter: @SmittyZTop
IG: SmittyZTop

Lover’s Explorations | “How Far” by TYuS

Portland R&B star TYuS is back with new vibes titled “How Far” produced by Ontario’s Own, Benstar

How Far by TYuS

Smooth chords, a bouncy bass line, and a slow tempo set the pace as TYuS explores all his lover has to offer and more on “How Far.” Giving us all he has, TYuS has quietly been releasing song after song on YouTube and various other channels, but “How Far” marks the first official single from his upcoming EP, The Demo Tapeexecutive produced by David Ferguson for PortlandKid Publishing.

Demo Tape EP


With his artwork giving us strong 90’s vibes and “How Far” sounding like a new-age “Pony” we can’t wait to hear what one of R&B brightest talents has up his sleeve.


“How Far” is Available Now on iTunes & Spotify!

Portland R&B star TYuS

Twitter: @txyxuxs
IG: txyxuxs

Dark Side of Companionship | “ugly” by benny mayne

Toronto Artist, benny mayne Reveals “ugly” Side of Relationships in Somber New Single & Music Video

Ugly by Benny Mayne

Single Cover Art by Thomas Pasotti

Toronto artist, benny mayne, made a name for himself in 2018 with a slew of standout releases, including his hit track “bounce”. Following his collab with Atlanta lyricist, 24hrs on their track “strangers,” benny is back with a vulnerable, new record “ugly” that showcases his dark pop-infused-R&B style, sensual vocals and honest lyrics. benny divulges on all the “ugly” parts of relationships that we often try to ignore, while referencing his own, real-life relationship that he describes as being both meaningful yet toxic and deteriorating.

I feel like I’m still introducing the different sides of me through my music, so ‘ugly’ is really an important song to me because it’s one of the first times I really open up to fans. – benny mayne

“ugly” is Available Now on Major Music Streaming Outlets!

The accompanying visual for “ugly” finds benny and his ex-girlfriend caught a seemingly drug-induced dreamscape where they’re confronted by the truths of their toxic and deteriorating relationship. benny is unable to decipher reality from the voices in his head as he is haunted by his ex.

Watch Official Music Video for “ugly”

“This song starts off with me realizing how much this toxic relationship affected me more than I understood, and how for so many years I internalized my previous mistakes allowing them to affect my ability to love anyone else, including myself,” benny continues. “The second verse seems like I’m talking to my ex but, in reality, I’m fighting with my ego. It’s me dealing with my insecurities of her not loving me anymore and realizing my bullsh*t.”

Toronto artist, benny mayne

Photo Credit: Sonia Kiejliches

Twitter: @bennymayne
IG: bennymayne

The Dance | “Dancing With Him Tonight” by Kären McCormick

Brazzaville, Congo native Kären McCormick is swaying into the country scene with her new single “Dancing With Him Tonight”

Dancing With Him Tonight by Karen McCormick

NASHVILLE, TN — Daring with an air of mystery, the 23-year-old’s third release, “Dancing With Him Tonight” is self-penned and produced by Caleb Lovely and Lucas Hathaway.

Taste of Country revealed “Dancing With Him Tonight” in an exclusive first listen, calling it a “hypnotic, sultry pop-country song.”

“Dancing With Him Tonight” is Available Now on iTunes & Spotify!

With a vocal blend of Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves, the newcomer is already making a name for herself. McCormick snagged a win at Got Talent, Spokane? in 2012 and played two dates on Kelsea Ballerini’s “The Unapologetically Tour” with Walker Hayes. She has opened for Terry McDermott of NBC’s “The Voice” and has racked up over 850,000 views on YouTube.

Inspired by artists like Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill, McCormick released her first autobiographical single, “Just a Song,” in March 2018. With more than 20,000 streams, it has been recognized by The Daily Country as “a universal pop-country track which recalls a certain superstar.” Her sophomore single, “We Were on Fire,” was released in August.

Kären McCormick is slated to release her debut EP this summer.

Twitter: @karenlmccormick
IG: karenlmccormick

Big Hip Hop Vids | “Big Boy” Music Video by Sean Elliot

Baton Rouge, Louisiana artist/producer Sean Elliot presents the music video for “Big Boy” 

Louisiana artist/producer Sean Elliot performing

The single features fellow Mississippi rapper and Big K.R.I.T. collaborator, Big Sant. Produced by Joe On The Track“Big Boy” will appear on Sean’s forthcoming album Brown Liquor & 808s which will also feature Adam Dollar$, DQ Rodgers and Iraouree. Sean released his Preface EP, in 2017 which spawned visuals for “Cool” and “Like Fresh”. “I feel this record embodies the 808s, the basslines, and the sound in general that i was fortunate to grow up on in the 1990s,” Sean says. “Unapologetically Southern.”

Watch Official Video for “Big Boy”

About Sean Elliot
Sean Elliot (Baton Rouge,LA) is one of last of a dying breed that makes that authentic Down South playalistic music. Fans of UGK, Big Mike, Eightball & MJG, Scarface, and other classic Southern artists will thoroughly enjoy Sean.

Twitter: @sean3lliot
IG: sean3lliot

Week33 |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


Vicious by The Trusted Artist: The Trusted
Track: “Vicious”
Brash Magazine Band of the Year, The Trusted are back with that trademark alt-rock strut ‘n’ dirty indie hook, with new single “Vicious”. Playing over 120 gigs in 2018, the Southend-based four-piece have been grinding it out; building a loyal and engaged fanbase. Single releases, ‘No Real Control’ and, ‘Cigarettes and Chandeliers’, attracted plaudits and airplay from Indie blogs and Radio show alike; while at the same time, demonstrating a growing maturity and sense of musical identity. With a much-anticipated EP in the works, their first release of 2019, “Vicious” offers a tantalizing taste of what’s to come, while, at the same time, providing a yardstick by which to measure the hard-earned progress of the previous 12 months.

Described by lead singer Tom Cunningham as, ‘a playful song about love/hate relationships and conflicting emotion.’, The Trusted’s latest single burns with a quiet intensity through the verses, Dave Batchelor’s drums coiled tight in the pocket, like a caged animal; the bass (Fin Cunningham) shifting with idle menace in the back, Dale Holt-Mead’s guitar coughs in overdriven cranks and spine-tingling licks of bittersweet saturation. Delivered in a series of tense, teased phrases, Cunningham’s vocals work word and image-play sideways, trading off on connections between rhyme and meaning. His voice and lyric switching to sardonic glee and tongue in teeth revelry in the choruses, ‘it’s so vicious it feels so good’; the band opening up around him, Batchelor punching snare and kick in well-worked stabs, with Fun Cunningham running the frets at pace and Holt-Mead’s guitar erupting in blistering crescendo and rasping riff.

While lacking the ‘straight to the gut’ swagger of ‘Cigarettes and Chandeliers’ or the rapturous indie-noise of ‘No Real Control’, the new single, “Vicious” smolders throughout with accomplished musicianship and songwriting craft; engaging the listener with steady confidence and a compelling touch of rock ‘n’ roll attitude. Whereas other bands born of the live circuit might fall into the trap of ‘going at it, 100% of the time’, their latest release, “Vicious” demonstrates The Trusted are not afraid to take their foot off and believe rightly that the stand-out quality of their music, is enough to hold the listener. In showing yet another side to their sound, The Trusted begin the new year as they left the last, proving day by day that they are, indeed, destined for great things.

Twitter: @thetrustedband
IG: thetrusted_

Hold on Me by Owain FelsteadArtist: Owain Felstead
Track: “Hold on Me”
Stand out singer-songwriter Owain Felstead drops a tight slice of smartly produced pop rich in soul, with new single, “Hold on Me”. At sixteen years old, UK based Independent Artist Owain Felstead has already amassed nearly 300K streams on Spotify, with 2018 release, ‘Clover’ earning a place on Spotify’s editorial playlist, ‘Alone Again’, where it has attracted 75k+ listeners.

Latest release, “Hold on Me”, produced by rising star of the UK music scene LVR, is a strikingly accomplished and mature piece of work for two young music makers. LVR’s production is restrained, deliberate and executed with well-judged taste; the track making use of carefully placed vox and percussion sample to great effect. Felstead’s exceptional vocals provide an emotional focal point for the song; his performance delivered with quiet confidence.

Built upon a foundation of solid songwriting, “Hold on Me” is a track of considerable credibility and integrity; an impressive calling card and profound statement of intent for the two talented young Artists.

Twitter: @owainfelstead
IG: owainfelsteadmusic

Leave it out by Mae MullerArtist: Mae Muller
Track: “Leave It Out”
UK-based Artist Mae Muller delivers a 3 minute 16-second dose of dub ‘n’ swagger and word to the wise, with new single, “Leave It Out”. Having only dropped her first track on Soundcloud two years ago, the soulful slow-burn, ‘Close’, the now 21 years old Muller has risen higher than the heels on her Jimmy Choos (Cho-Choos) in 24/7 time, releasing two EPs and catching the attention of a raft of Spotify playlists; her music now earning the attention of 175K listeners a month.

Muller’s first release of 2019, ‘Leave It Out’ arrives packaged tight in well-crafted production, that successfully manages to be both polished and refined enough for the pop charts and playlists, while remaining true to the soul and grit of Muller’s North London origins. Stylishly worked electro dub and deep sub-drops punch and drive the track from the back; 808 style hi-hat, bit crushed to fizz, are delayed percussive; tasty sonics are thrown left/right, saturated and modulated for flavor. The song walks with the easy strut and confidence of a harden street-player; who knows they own the room, so why bother?

Mae Muller talks and sings her words alive and comfortable on the beats. Her casual conversational style belies the finesse and skill with which she composes her lyrics; Muller bringing image and insight throughout verse and chorus, as she chats away, with hard-earned, yet apparent ease. In the words of her bio, speaking, ‘..directly to and for her generation’.

A stand out track that stands back and draws you to it, “Leave It Out” is further evidence of the striking talent of Mae Muller. An Artist capable of delivering that most rare and precious of commodities; pop with integrity. An Artist with something to say and something people want to hear. Mae Muller is an Artist with a bright and long future.

Twitter: @maemuller_
IG: maemuller

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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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