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Lila Iké, 360 Magazine

Lila Iké New Video

Lila Iké drops the music video for “Forget Me” from her debut release The ExPerience

“Filled with fearless, confessional-style lyrics, the Phillip “Winta” James-produced track truly solidifies Ike as one of Jamaica’s rising stars through its use of classic dub motifs blended with elements of contemporary jazz, soul, R&B, reggaeton and rap. And though it’s easy to be instantly hypnotized, make no mistake that the song contains a much deeper and all-too-relatable meaning.” – PAPER

“The ExPerience is a valiant induction of Iké not only as a force to be reckoned with as a rising reggae artist in Jamaica, but globally…The ExPerience is a reminder that Jamaican artists aren’t singing about a season. They’re singing about their entire lives.” – VICE

Lila Iké sheds layers of emotion revealing her most vulnerable side on “Forget Me,” the standout track and music video from her debut EP The ExPerience. Director Oshane ‘Shane Creative’ Junior from Wikid Media JA & co-director Nickii Kane filmed a breakup to makeup sequence in Kingston, Jamaica.

While The ExPerience is a perfect display of Lila Iké’s soul-stirring vocal range, her fearless songwriting also explores the blissful and heartbreaking nuances of relationships. “If everyday we ah-go fight, I think it’s best that you forget me,” Lila says in the chorus. Producer Phillip “Winta” James constructed a sparse instrumental on “Forget Me” using a classic bounce of high hat, kick drum, and snare that gives space for Lila’s passionate confession. At the climactic bridge of the song, Winta James adds trumpets evoking the flavor of Jamaican dub, followed by Lila’s rapid nonchalant flow in her island country’s traditional patois.

About Lila Iké:

Since ascending in 2019 with a string of songs that fused contemporary reggae with elements of soul, hip-hop, and dancehall, Lila Iké has continued her atmospheric rise in 2020. She has earned critical acclaim from The New York Times, NPR, The Daily Beast, The FADER, and NYLON as an artist to watch, and The ExPerience proves these praises to be true.

The spotlight shines brighter on Lila Iké as she pivots from Jamaica’s independent singing sensation to global superstardom guided by her natural talents, co-signed by In.Digg.Nation Collective, Six Course and RCA Records. Lila Iké’s endearing tone can be felt in every word she sings, displaying equal amounts of vulnerability and dominance in her signature vibrato. While her early hits are foundational elements of her debut, “Forget Me” is the latest thread from The ExPerience that continues to tread through the thick, potent smoke of introspection and intimacy.

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Mina Tocalini, 360 MAGAZINE, BigKlit, illustration

Notorious BigKlit

‘The epitome of an angry bird’360

Provocative rap sensation BigKlit has announced a special new edition of her infamous 2019 LP, KLITORIUS B.I.G. The album – which includes a number of previously deleted tracks – is available today via ROT$ WORLDWIDE/RECORDS/The Orchard. KLITORIUS B.I.G. features the return of such long-unavailable fan favorites as “FaceFuk,” available now at all DSPs; the track is joined by a companion video, premiering exclusively via YouTube. 

LISTEN TO “FACEFUK”

WATCH “FACEFUK”

With its snarling vocal delivery, intense production, and wildly audacious lyrics, KLITORIUS B.I.G. marks one of the first highlights of what has proven a truly incendiary run from BigKlit. The project was recorded soon after her arrival in New York City, informed by grit, heart, and an insatiable hunger to create something altogether original and her own. 

BigKlit will celebrate the return of KLITORIUS B.I.G. with a livestream release party tonight, June 26, at 8 pm ET. Presented by Brooklyn’s BABY TV, tickets for the event are available on a sliding scale HERE; ticket holders will receive a link and password 30 minutes before the start of the show. Fans purchasing tickets in the 30 minutes leading up to the performance will receive their info in their order confirmation email.

BigKlit made an auspicious debut with last year’s BIG KLITOIRUS EP, followed quickly by the full-length projects. The NYC-based artist quickly caused a worldwide sensation with her breakthrough hit, “Liar.” With its brazenly explicit lyrics and brutal, relentless beats, the track proved one of 2019’s most provocative hits, first blowing up on TikTok before ascending to multiple streaming charts around the world, reaching #1 on the US Viral 50 on two separate occasions. “Liar“ is joined by an age-restricted companion video streaming now via YouTube.

2020 kicked off with the premiere of PSYCHOSIS, a remarkable 30-minute short film directed by @pgdm. “PSYCHOSIS is a dark and dreary fever dream with apocalypse-level anxiety steady throughout,” raved PAPER. “Every song featured in the film hits listeners’ ears like a hallucinogen — they can be deeply disturbing, comforting (‘Beautiful’), or both at once…It’s the type of digi-gothic, post-genre art-making that BigKlit has come to be known for, and her fans are going absolutely nuts over it.”

Last month saw BigKlit teaming up with Universal Music Group/Caroline Distribution recording artist Trippie Redd on a new version of “Beautiful. The track arrived alongside a haunting music video and companion short film, hailed by PAPER as “a work of art that’s unpredictable at every turn…complete with everything you’d likely see in a twisted thriller: lightning, murder, out-of-body experiences and drugs, all with romantic yet eerie songwriting aimed at a subject unaware of their own beauty.” Audiofemme further praised the video and short film, noting that “Beautiful” “embodies the song’s duality with a macabre love story and BDSM imagery. It’s fitting, because shifting the balance of power has been her trademark as a woman in male-dominated rap. By blurring the edges of asserting control or losing it totally, BigKlit remains a provocative artist worth keeping an eye on.”

LISTEN TO “BEAUTIFUL”

WATCH “BEAUTIFUL (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)”

WATCH “BEAUTIFUL (SHORT FILM)”

This spring also saw the premiere of another propulsive single, “Boy Bye.” The rocket-fueled track is accompanied by a spectacular intergalactic sex domination romp of a video.

LISTEN TO “BOY BYE”

WATCH “BOY BYE”

BigKlit is also featured in the new NOISEY documentary, 6 HOURS WITH BIGKLIT, streaming now exclusively via VICE.

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Dominic Fike, Sony Music, 360 MAGAZINE

Dominic Fike

By Jason Tayer × Vaughn Lowery

Alternative singer/songwriter Dominic Fike makes a powerful statement via Instagram regarding Black Lives Matter protest. He delves deep into systematic racism and how it has an adverse impact on both him and his family.

As Dominic grows his fan and social media bases, he also uses these platforms to spark social change. He uses his unique, eye-opening stories about growing up with direct racial discrimination from police officers. 

About Dominic Fike

Born on December 30, 1995 in Naples, Florida, Dominic began playing and appreciating music from a young age. He started playing the guitar, and eventually weaved this talent into some of his Soundcloud and Spotify productions. In 2019, Dominic went public about news that he was creating an album. He ended up collaborating with Brockhampton’s Kevin Abstract and releasing three singles. 

Read statement here.

Listen to him on Spotify.

Lewis Capaldi’s Debut Album

Lewis Capaldi will release his debut album — Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent – on May 17th via Capitol Records.  The 22-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter also announced plans for a U.S. June tour and recently shared the official video for his new single, “Someone You Loved,” which stars Scottish actor Peter Capaldi, who portrayed the Twelfth Doctor in the iconic British television show “Dr. Who” and is a distant cousin of Lewis. 

The video, which can be viewed HERE, amassed over one million views in four days and trended on YouTube, hitting #2. “Someone You Loved” and Peter Capaldi also trended on Twitter on the day of release.

In an open, heartfelt letter, Lewis Capaldi explains: 

I’m absolutely buzzing to finally be able to announce my debut album. I never thought I’d get to the point where I’d be able to release a proper album and I ABSOLUTELY never thought that when I did, I would give it a name as stupid I have, but here we are.

Everyone always tells you about how amazing recording their first album was and how they’ll always look back on the ‘process’ with fond memories. I will look back on it as an extremely stressful time that somehow also managed to be extremely boring. The actual process of building the songs up I loved, but recording the same guitar parts over and over again to get them right and going back on mixes for weeks, I did not.

I hope people don’t think it’s shit. I mean don’t get me wrong there will be one or two stinkers on there, but I’m only human and we all make mistakes, but as a whole I think it’s pretty fucking good.

I’m excited for it to be released and have people finally be able to hear a full body of work from me for the first time. Should it bomb completely or receive an absolute critical lambasting, don’t worry, it’s just my life’s work up until this point….

His U.S. tour, which kicks off on June 1st at The Sinclair in Boston, will include a June 4th show at New York City’s Irving Plaza. It will wrap up at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles on June 12th. Fans who make a purchase at Capaldi’s online store  http://shop.lewiscapaldi.com before 7:00 PM ET on Thursday, February 21st, will receive a code for an exclusive ticket pre-sale, which begins at 10:00 AM local time on Wednesday, February 20th. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 22nd, at 10:00 AM local time at http://www.lewiscapaldi.com. See below for itinerary. Capaldi, who is currently opening for Bastille on the band’s European tour, will kick off his biggest U.K. headline tour to date on November 22nd.

Fans who pre-order Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, available at all digital partners, will instantly receive “Someone You Loved” plus the previously released “Grace,”  Bruises,” “Lost on You” and “Fade.” A CD box set featuring colored vinyl with metallic cover, sunglasses and Lewis calendar is now available exclusively at http://shop.lewiscapaldi.com

Worldwide streams of “Someone You Loved” have topped 60 million while cumulative global streams of all Capaldi’s songs now exceed 400 million. Idolator predicted, “Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Someone You Loved’ Is Going To Be Big…It goes without saying that he’s One To Watch.”  Directed by Phil Beastall – known for the short viral film Love is a Gift – the “Someone You Loved” video heightens awareness of the need for organ donors. For more information about organ donation, visit http://livelifegivelife.org.uk.

Recorded over an 18-month period in London, New York and Los Angeles, Capaldi co-wrote each of the 12 songs, working with Malay who also produced, (Frank Ocean, Lorde) Jamie Hartman (Calvin Harris, Rag N Bone Man) and TMS. Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent is an ironically titled, but charismatically defining album that’s lyrically candid and a realistic snapshot of the ups and downs of growing up. Lewis’ stunningly identifiable voice, coupled with its turbulent themes of love, loss and heartache, make it a debut album that is both poignant and unequivocally relatable.

Capaldi was hailed as a 2018 Vevo DSCVR Artist To Watch, longlisted for the BBC Sound Of 2018 Poll, and won Breakthrough Artist of the Year honors at the Scottish Music Awards. He is among the Top 350 most listened to artists on Spotify. Capaldi has toured with Rag’n’Bone ManNiall Horan, and Sam Smith, and performed at such festivals as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Mountain Jam, Splendour in the Grass, Fuji, and Osheaga. He was recently nominated for the BRIT Awards 2019 Critics’ Choice award and named an MTV UK PUSH Ones To Watch artist.  TIME said, “Lewis Capaldi has the kind of deep, textured voice that you could listen to for hours. He finds expressive rough edges, then smooths them out into the sweetest of notes.” 

Lewis Capaldi – U.S. Tour Dates

6/1 Boston, MA The Sinclair

6/2 Camden, NJ WRFF Birthday Celebration @ BB&T Pavilion

6/3 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall

6/4 New York, NY Irving Plaza

6/8 Seattle, WA Chop Suey

6/9 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge

6/11 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall

6/12 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda Theatre

U.K./IRELAND TOUR DATES

3/27 – 31 – 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland (supporting Picture This)

Headline dates:

11/22 – Belfast, Ulster Hall

11/23 – Manchester, Academy

11/25 – Birmingham, O2 Academy

11/26 – Bristol, O2 Academy

11/28 – Southampton, O2 Guildhall

11/29 – London, O2 Academy Brixton

11/30 – Norwich, UEA

12/2 – Nottingham, Rock City

12/3 – Sheffield, O2 Academy

12/5 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall

12/7 – Glasgow, O2 Academy

12/8 – Glasgow, O2 Academy

UK FESTIVALS

5/9 – Brighton Dome @ The Great Escape – SOLD OUT

7/21 – Tramlines Festival, Hillsborough Park

7/26 – Truck Festival, Oxfordshire

7/27 – Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle

7/28 – Standon Calling, Hertfordshire

8/2 – Indiependence, Cork

8/3 – Belladrum, Inverness

8/11 – Boardmasters, Newquay

8/24 – Victorious, Portsmouth

ALMA’s “Heavy Rules”

Finnish pop powerhouse ALMA announces mixtape Heavy Rules to be released via Casablanca Records/ Universal/ Virgin EMI/ & PME on March 2Heavy Rules mixtape is a collection of six tracks, including stellar features from fellow Scandinavian mavericks  and Tove Styrke, as well as buzzing sensation Kiiara. Check out the full tracklisting below.

Today, ALMA also announces an anticipated tour with stops in New YorkLos AngelesSan Francisco,Chicago, and more.  Stay tuned this Friday, March 2 for general on sale – with top Spotify fans receiving a priority presale today!

Following the release of critically acclaimed singles “Chasing Highs” & “Phases”, ALMA has garnered over 170 million combined Spotify plays, and topped iTunes charts around the world. Undeniably one to watch, she landed on the prestigious BBC Music Sound of 2018, received the award for “Best Finnish Act” at the MTV EMA awards, and was named an “Artist To Watch” by VEVO DSCVR.  Heavy Rules is set to continue ALMA’s momentum as she leads the charge of a new generation of fierce, female led pop music.

 

Heavy Rules Mixtape Tracklisting:

  1. Legend
  2. Dance For Me feat. MØ
  3. Good Vibes feat. Tove Styrke
  4. Fake Gucci
  5. Back2U
  6. Chit Chat feat. Kiiara

 

 

ALMA Tour Dates:

April 23                        Chicago, IL                             Chop Shop
April 24                        Toronto, ON                            Velvet Underground
April 25                        New York, NY                         Public Arts
April 27                        San Francisco, CA                  Rickshaw Stop
April 28                        Los Angeles, CA                     The Echo
May 21                        Glasgow, UK                           ABC2
May 22                        Manchester, UK                      Club Academy
May 23                        London, UK                             Heaven
May 25                        Amsterdam, NL                       Melkweg Upstairs
May 28                        Copenhagen, DN                    Lille Vega
May 29                        Oslo, NOR                              Parkteatret
May 30                        Stockholm, SW                       Debaser Strand
Jun 04                         Hamburg, GER                       Mojo
Jun 05                         Berlin, GER                             Columbiatheater

 

 

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BRANDON JAMES

Chicago native and R&B artist Brandon James is seeking to take his act to the ‘main stage’ this year. Already a well known name within the Chicago metropolitan area, he’s hell-bent on breaking into the mainstream with two new releases.

“The Divine Collection” is his inaugural release on indie label EPR on May 29, 2016. Currently, the album is available for purchase on iTunes.  The album is a compilation of Brandon’s two previous bodies of work.

Listen to The Divine Collection

His second untitled project is scheduled for a September 13, 2017 launch date. To promote his upcoming album, a publicity and radio campaign has been implemented alongside of a regional tour in the fall.

As of late, Brandon has been best-described as an ‘Artist to Watch’ by Ellena Rodriguez, performing at some of Chicago’s most notable venues like House of BluesReggie’s Rock ClubUIC Pavilion (opened up for Earth Wind & Fire) and Joe’s Bar (opened up for Bubba Sparxxx).

Brandon James (born as Brandon Foster) states, “I started doing music as an outlet for my depression early on in life.” Constantly challenging himself to become better at his craft, he has taken voice lessons from Bobbi Wilsyn, Ars Musica and Andrew Walker Schultze. Recently, he has earned a degree in music performance and business from the Columbia College. Forever seeking to share his testimony, he seeks to inspire, touch hearts and provoke thought through his music.

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