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Saw Himself – Power Ballads

SAM HIMSELF FONDUE WESTERN’S INDIE ROCKER SHARES DEBUT ALBUM POWER BALLADS

NEW SINGLE “THE MISSING” IS OUT TODAY

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On the heels of his breakout year, Swiss indie rocker Sam Himself – New Yorker by choice,  Fondue Western baritone by trade – prepares to release his debut album, Power Ballads (October 8th). The Brooklyn-based songwriter, performer, and multi-instrumentalist has been sounding the bell for his first LP with a number of singles, most recently “La Paz” and “What Its Worth” which premiered via Under The Radar Magazine and was picked up by KCRWs Morning Becomes Eclectic and KEXPs The Morning Show, among others: as of September 2021, three out of four album singles remain on public and commercial rotation in Germany, France, Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe and the US.

Sam Himself’s full-length debut follows last year’s acclaimed EP Slow Drugs, the artist’s third, which – in addition to the international press, radio airplay, numerous DSP editorial features, and critical praise for the accompanying music videos – earned him the Swiss National Broadcasting Service’s Best Talent Award in 2020 and, in early 2021, a nomination for a Swiss Music Award, the most prestigious national prize of its kind in Sam’s home country.

Power Ballads marks the latest collaboration between Sam and his longtime producer, mixing engineer, and Second Beatle’ Daniel Schlett (The War On Drugs; Iggy Pop), as well as mastering legend Greg Calbi (Bruce Springsteen; David Bowie).

Early last year, Switzerland’s King of Tears Sam Himself was in Europe kicking off his spring tour when the pandemic foiled all live music plans – and Sam’s planned return to Brooklyn, NY, his chosen home of the past decade. Dangerously low on socks, musical equipment, and any real sense of when he’d be able to get back to the United States, Sam ended up staying in his native Switzerland for the remainder of 2020. The singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, exiled at home, spent those months in limbo writing and recording what would become his debut album, Power Balladswherever he could (including the attic of his mom’s house). When he made it back to New York in early 2021, Sam (after a period of self-quarantine) went straight to producer Daniel Schlett’s Strange Weather Studio in Brooklyn to finalize his new material, building on the recordings he had originally prepared as demos for his album.

Two songs on Power Ballads once again feature Sam’s Slow Drugs bandmates Josh Werner (bass – Ghostface Killah; CocoRosie) and Parker Kindred (drums – Jeff Buckley; Elliott Smith), among them the LP’s focus track The Missing. The work of Benjamin Noti (guitar – Steff La Cheffe) and Georg Dillier (bass – Anna Rossinelli), both members of Sam’s touring band, can also be heard on several tracks.

Beyond their contributions, however, Sam plays most of the instruments on Power Ballads himself, with producer Schlett adding sounds, textures and of course his singular mixing style (as heard recently e.g. on Iggy Pop’s cover of The Velvet Underground’s European Son). This reduced lineup, a consequence of the new practical realities of the pandemic, imbues Power Ballads with a sense of intimacy and artistic autonomy. Synths and programmed drums form the core of most of the album’s by turns minimalist and grand arrangements, while Sam’s signature baritone voice quite literally reaches new heights. Over the course of ten tracks, the artist grapples with the sources and limits of personal power – how much of it is taken for granted; what remains once it’s stripped away – unflinchingly honest and defiantly optimistic on his most vulnerable, most confident work to date.

Sam Himself is set to tour in support of his debut album well into the spring of next year, with some 30+ European dates in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and beyond (US-dates in planning).

As featured by SPIN MagazineUnder The RadarKEXPKCRWDanger Mouse JukeboxThe Wild HoneypieAmerican SongwriterThe Philadelphia GlobeConsequence of SoundVariance MagazineSwiss National Radiotelevision SRFDIFFUS Magazin (GE), and many more.

For more information about Sam Himself, visit his website or connect with him on social media @samhimself.

“Born in Switzerland and bred in Gotham, Sam Himself has won accolades in his homeland but has aspirations to conquer the world.”  SPIN Magazine

“Sam Himself uses a vocal power somewhere between Matt Berninger and San Fermins Allen Tate to sing songs of finding your place.”Consequence Of Sound

 “Smokey vocals, wistful reverie.”  Under The Radar

“His deep, rich vocals remind us of the beauty that exists even during the darkest times.”  The Wild Honey Pie

“Switzerlands King of Tears.”Victoria Turrian, Radio T vision Suisse

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Dreamville’s Lute – Gold Mouf

The project features JID, Saba, BJ The Chicago Kid, Ari Lennox, WESTSIDE Boogie, and More.

After bravely revealing his troubling bout with anxiety in an episode of Gold Mouf Chronicles and nimbly peeling back another layer with his latest single, “Myself,” featuring Charlotte native DEVN, Lute officially announces his debut album Gold Mouf. Slated to drop Oct. 4, Lute recruits a team of formidable lyricists such as JID, WESTSIDE BOOGIE, Saba, and Little Brother. He also teams up with soulful singers BJ The Chicago Kid, Ari Lennox, and DEVN to ultimately bring his vision to life. 

In various conversations with Complex and GQ, Lute openly spoke about his past issues with anxiety. “The way I found out about anxiety was from an infomercial one night,” he recalled in his June conversations with Complex. “I couldn’t sleep, and I was flipping through the channels…and, you know how infomercials come through: ‘Do you have such and such? Are you feeling this way?” 360 Magazine is impressed with this album from Lute as it is his debut album. 

With Gold Mouf Chronicles, Lute discussed how multiple family members also have anxiety and that when he was young, he had open-heart surgery, leaving his future up to fate. While the procedure was successful, he constantly felt like he needed to prove something of himself as he made frequent trips to get tests done on his heart until he was 17. His anxiety still affects him today, before shows, daily interactions with his family and team, and even at home. His anxiety attacks have also occurred in very public moments, most notably during his Dreamville Fest set-in and halftime performance during the Hornets vs. Rockets game in March 2020. After a horrible attack last year, he started taking medication and attending meditation and breathing sessions at a dojo to help cope with his anxiety.

The series features Lute’s 2020 single, “GED (Gettin Every Dolla),” as its opening theme and has become a fan favorite. The Neal Farmer-directed video has now amassed over 1.6 MM views on YouTube. Following its release, Lute stunned fans with a halftime performance during the Hornets vs. Rockets showdown at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2019, the Charlotte rapper teamed up with label head J. Cole, and hip hop phenom DaBaby for the track, “Under the Sun,” featured on the Grammy-nominated RIAA certified platinum Dreamville album Revenge of the Dreamers III. Lute also kept his hot streak intact last year when he released “Life” and the Madden 21 favorite, “Get It and Go.” Fans can catch the latest episodes of Gold Mouf Chronicles by visiting www.gettineverydolla.com. Next month, Lute will be joining his Dreamville compatriots at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver for the Dreamville On The Rocks concert. 

Gold Mouf Tracklist

  1. 100
  2. GED (Getting Every Dollar)
  3. Myself featuring DEVN
  4. Be Okay
  5. Eye To Eye featuring Cozz
  6. Changes featuring BJ The Chicago Kid
  7. Ghetto Love featuring Blakk Soul & Ari Lennox
  8. Amen featuring Little Brother
  9. Birdsong featuring JID & Saba
  10. Flossin’ featuring WESTSIDE BOOGIE
  11. Life
  12. Overnight
  13. Crashing
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LILHUDDY RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM TEENAGE HEARTBREAK

Singer, songwriter, and Immersive/Geffen Records artist LILHUDDY (aka Chase Hudson) releases his highly-anticipated debut album Teenage Heartbreak. The album includes previously released singles “21st Century Vampire,” “The Eulogy Of You and Me,” “America’s Sweetheart,” and “Don’t Freak Out” featuring iann dior, All-American Rejects’ frontman Tyson Ritter and Travis Barker, as well as eight more brand-new tracks. Teenage Heartbreak is full of power punk anthems and is a culmination of LILHUDDY’s signature style cultivated by the raw and restless angst of post-internet era adolescence. The album is available now at all digital retail providers via Immersive/Geffen Records. See full track listing below.

LILHUDDY says about the album, “I could not be more excited to finally release my very first album, ‘Teenage Heartbreak’! I worked so hard to put together a project that I feel perfectly represents who I am as an artist, and I hope to be able to connect with my fans on a deeper level through each song.  Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive throughout this entire journey so far. This is only just the beginning!”

In addition, LILHUDDY also released the music video for his new single “Partycrasher,” which is also included on the album. The music video is a perfect depiction of the song title, as it shows what it would be like to crash a party from Chase’s point of view.

Teenage Heartbreak Track Listing:

1. Teenage Heartbreak
2. America’s Sweetheart
3. IDC
4. Partycrasher
5. Don’t Freak Out (ft. iann dior, Tyson Ritter & Travis Barker)
6. No More (interlude)
7. Headlock
8. Lost Without You
9. The Eulogy Of You and Me
10. 21st Century Vampire
11. How It Ends

LILHUDDY hit the ground running with the release of his first single “21st Century Vampire”, which has amassed over 35 million streams worldwide and over 10 million video views to date.

“21st Century Vampire” marked LILHUDDY’s musical introduction with a sound that is a perfect hybrid of pop, punk, and alternative with an underlying message encouraging authenticity and self-acceptance. His second single, “The Eulogy Of You and Me”, was co-written by Chase along with Nick Long, Jake Torrey, as well as Andrew Goldstein and Travis Barker who also produced the track. Shortly after, Chase dropped his third single “America’s Sweetheart” along with the music video, which was directed by Sophie Muller and features Charli D’Amelio. On the day of its release, the video hit #1 on YouTube with more than 3 million views in the first 24 hours and over 5 million views in the first weekend. Currently, the video has over 12.7 million views and 35.2 million streams worldwide. Most recently, LILHUDDY dropped his fourth single “Don’t Freak Out” featuring iann dior, Tyson Ritter and Travis Barker along with the music video. The genre-blending track combines pop, punk, and hip-hop, and is LILHUDDY’s first-ever collaboration.

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BABYJAKE ALBUM ART THE SUN WAKES UP EARLIER NOW, Nicole Hajjar, Republic Records Media

BABYJAKE – THE SUN WAKES UP EARLIER NOW

Singer, songwriter, and producer BabyJake announces his highly anticipated debut album, The Sun Wakes Up Earlier Now, is set for release on September 3rd—pre-order the album now here. To celebrate the announcement, the Gold-Certified artist releases his latest song from the album, “Watching” – listen here.

On The Sun Wakes Up Earlier Now, the Florida-born and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and producer promises he’s “bringing back rock ‘n’ roll”. However, this isn’t your parents’ rock ‘n’ roll, it’s got all of the style, swagger, and spirit of the seventies, but it’s lit up by a fresh fire. The 11-track genre-blurring album was recorded over the past year and a half in Los Angeles, and BabyJake co-wrote and co-produced the songs with various collaborators, including Bipolar Sunshine, Lizzy McAlpine, and Linda Perry, to name a few.

On the The Sun Wakes Up Earlier Now, BabyJake says, “For me, the album represents crossing into a world of not giving a fuck what anybody thinks and showing I’m a human being. I’m going to dress how I want to dress, act how I want to act, and make what I want to make. If it works, great. Either way, I’m going to keep trucking along.”

To commemorate the release, BabyJake will perform his first-ever headlining shows next month in New York at Baby’s All Right on September 9th and Los Angeles at Moroccan Lounge on September 15th. Not to mention, he will also perform at select festivals this fall, including Napa Valley’s BottleRock on September 3rd and Tampa’s Gasparilla on October 1st. Tickets are on-sale now at It’s Baby Jake.

Earlier this summer, BabyJake released a handful of singles from the album, including “Do I Fit In Your Shoes?”, “Funny Thing About Love” with Bipolar Sunshine, and “Daddy’s Coming Home,” which have been praised by Billboard, V Magazine, TMRW Magazine, American Songwriter, and many more.

The Sun Wakes Up Earlier Now follows BabyJake’s 2020 debut EP Don’t give me problems, give me wine, hailed by critics and fans alike. The seven-song genre-bending EP features his breakout single “Head In The Clouds” and was acclaimed by Notion, The Line Of Best Fit, Ones To Watch, This Song Is Sick, Lyrical Lemonade, and more. Wonderland stated, “Few artists are able to bounce so seamlessly from genre to genre than BabyJake,” while Flaunt proclaimed, “BabyJake is on his way to superstardom.” Earlier this year, BabyJake teamed up with Louis The Child on “Somewhere Else.”

Stay tuned for more to come from this artist to watch!

The Sun Wakes Up Earlier Now Tracklist:

“Please Welcome”

“Do I Fit In Your Shoes?”

“Daddy’s Coming Home”

“Numbers Game”

“Funny Thing About Love” with Bipolar Sunshine

“My Anxiety”

“Roadtrips”

“How To Boogie”

“Glue” feat. Lizzy McAlpine

“Married Man”

“Watching”

About Babyjake
BabyJake promises he’s “bringing back rock ‘n’ roll”. However, this isn’t your parents’ rock ‘n’ roll. It’s got all of the style, swagger, and spirit of the seventies, but it’s lit up by a fresh fire. The Florida-born and Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter, and producer exudes enough star power to pull off a cowboy hat and flare jeans (like some kind of lovable Quentin Tarantino outlaw), but he’s also definitely a byproduct of the times with a natural predilection for viral impact. In 2019, he introduced himself with the gold-selling “Cigarettes on Patios,” crashing viral charts and piling up 100 million-plus streams. During 2020, he remained prolific with his debut EP, Don’t give me problems, give me wine. In its wake, Flaunt predicted, “BabyJake is on his way to superstardom,” while he earned acclaim from Billboard, Wonderland, V Magazine, Notion, TMRW Magazine, American Songwriter, The Line Of Best Fit, Ones To Watch, This Song Is Sick, and Lyrical Lemonade, to name a few. Along the way, he collaborated with everyone from 24kgoldn to Dillon Francis and Louis The Child. Now, he fulfills his mission on his 2021 full-length debut album, The Sun Wakes Up Earlier Now [SB Projects/Republic Records], out September 3rd.

About Republic Records
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Thought, Drake, Florence + the Machine, Greta Van Fleet, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Johnson, James Blake, James Bay, Jessie J, John Mellencamp, Jonas Brothers, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings, Boominati Worldwide, Brushfire, Casablanca Records, Cash Money, Lava Records, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G).  In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey), Sony Pictures (Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse) and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises. Extending further into the worlds of film, television, and content, Republic launched Federal Films in order to produce movies and series powered by the label’s catalog and artists. Its first production was the Jonas Brothers documentary Chasing Happiness for Amazon Prime Video.

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VanJess × Lucky Daye – Slow Down

Nigerian-American sister duo VanJess release a slinky new rendition of their song “Slow Down” featuring Keep Cool/RCA Records labelmate and fellow R&B heavyweight Lucky Daye. An undeniable standout in what Rolling Stone calls one of the best projects of 2021 (‘Homegrown’ EP), the Top 15 R&B radio single that has amassed nearly ten million global streams exemplifies their glimmering, nostalgic sound.

Listen to “Slow Down” Ft. Lucky Daye here.

On “Slow Down,” VanJess’ on-point harmonies are accentuated by a brassy saxophone line and romantic production from Snakehips & Jonah Christian. In May they made their national television debut on the Tamron Hall Show performing the “sultry ballad” (NPR Music).

Watch the performance here.

‘Homegrown’ – the short yet expansive project – was released February 5th via Keep Cool/RCA Records and is the follow up to their debut album, ‘Silk Canvas,’ which caught the attention of critical gatekeepers for its unique soul/funk integration and careful collaborations.

The project hosts a robust group of collaborators, including KAYTRANADA, Devin Morrison and Jimi Tents. VanJess takes the listener through an alluring sonic journey that weaves through groovy, high energy beats and slowed down, sensual harmonies. From start to finish, the nine-song collection is a showcase of VanJess’ elevated vocal and visual stylings – a testament to the incredible heights they’ve reached since their debut album in 2018.

Read More On ‘Homegrown’ Ep

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About Vanjess

Growing up between Nigeria, and California, VanJess have brought an entirely new take to contemporary R&B, one that pays tribute to 90’s greats like TLC, SWV, and Aaliyah, while instinctually inciting an inimitable style. The sisters cut their teeth online with a string of viral covers, bursting onto the scene with their self-released debut album, a definitive R&B statement, and a smooth, seductive record that took the R&B world by storm.

VanJess have previously worked with KAYTRANADA, Ari Lennox, and Xavier Omgr, to name a few, and recently collaborated with some of their most acclaimed peers on songs including “Stickin’” (Sinead Harnett and Masego, who appeared on VanJess 201 – debut LP), “Say Yes” (TOKiMONSTA), “I Had A Love Song” (Ant Saunders), and “Floating” (Mannywellz).

ANTHONY HAMILTON NEW ALBUM – LOVE IS THE NEW BLACK.

After teasing more music for the past year and building anticipation among fans worldwide, GRAMMY Award-winning, multiplatinum singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, Anthony Hamilton returns with his anxiously awaited tenth full-length and first album in five years, Love Is The New Black., on September, 24th 2021. Billboard made the exclusive announcement. It notably will be the flagship release under his own label My Music Box in partnership with BMG. Pre-order Love Is The New Black. – Here.

The 14-track R&B opus boasts a bevy of A-list friends and collaborators such as Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson on the powerhouse “Superstar,” rap powerhouse Rick Ross on “Real Love,” and crunk king himself Lil’ Jon on “I’m Ready.” Other standouts include the smooth “White Hennessy” where his vocals simply intoxicate, the confessional “Mercy,” and one of the most emotionally charged tunes in his storied catalog, the George Floyd-inspired finale “Mama Don’t Cry.”

Check out the full track listing below.

Hamilton literally poured blood, sweat, and tears into Love Is the New Black. After initially pursuing a more political-leaning direction, he shifted focus to speak to this hefty emotional need, while also covering the full spectrum of human emotions.

“Going through the Pandemic, we were faced with challenges, in general,” he states. “Then, we were attacked, slaughtered, and slain. In the beginning, the music was really for people who wanted to stand up in honor of Black Lives Matter. It was initially geared towards those souls, hearts, and the people we had lost. There were some really heavy and strong songs on there. As the world started to open, I wanted to lessen the heavy load and allow everyone to celebrate again. We still got a little bit of that, because it’s not going away, and we’ve gone through a lot. That side will be heard, but we’re taking from a bunch of experiences now, getting through it, and taking a turn. I feel like that’s what people need right now.”

He elaborates, “When creating this album, I wanted people to feel. I’m going into a new era and mindset expecting greatness, love, and peace. I wanted this album to feel like what was missing throughout the pandemic. This is the restoration. We’re making this thing called life, sexy, beautiful, and powerful again.”

His most recent single “You Made A Fool Of Me” has amassed more than one million streams to date. Rolling Stone called it a “pour-salt-in-the-wound ballad.” Soul Bounce called Hamilton “the modern king of churchy, soulful crooners,” and The House That Soul Built hailed the single as “crisp contemporary soul.” The Musical Hype wrote that Hamilton “can do no wrong,” adding that the track “is lushly produced, sounding idiomatic of both the neo-soul and adult contemporary vein of R&B.”

The accompanying video, directed by Terrence Crowley, premiered exclusively on BET Soul and brings back a familiar character with Charlene, reprising her role as the love interest.

It arrives on the heels of last year’s powerful and poignant “Mercy” [feat. Tamika D. Mallory], which Rated R&B praised as an “urgent soul track,” and his electrifying performance at the 2021 NBA All-Star Game.

Love Is The New Black. in 2021.

Track-listing:

  1. Love is the New Black.
  2. Threw It All Away
  3. Real Love feat. Rick Ross
  4. I’m Ready feat. Lil Jon
  5. White Hennessy
  6. Coming Home
  7. You Made a Fool of Me
  8. I Thought We Were in Love
  9. Superstar duet with Jennifer Hudson
  10. Pillows
  11. I’m Sorry
  12. Mercy
  13. Safe
  14. Mama Don’t Cry

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About Anthony Hamilton:

With over 50 million albums globally and proclaimed a “national treasure” by the Los Angeles Times, Anthony Hamilton’s voice will resonate louder than ever in 2021 with more music and performances on the horizon.

GRAMMY Award winning singer, songwriter, producer, and actor Anthony Hamilton has achieved global sales of over 50 million albums. The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductee notably performed for former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle, cementing his place in the history books as the “narrator of love.” Introduced by way of the iconic 2003 smash “Charlene,” his raw, awe-inspiring performances garnered the attention of NPR where he starred in their Noteworthy documentary series. He made his film debut in the critically acclaimed American Gangster, and lent his vocals to the song “Freedom” from the Academy Award-nominated film Django Unchained. Hamilton now adds author and publisher to his list of accomplishments with the unveiling of his first self-published book, Cornbread, Fish ‘n Collard Greens, where he shares the inspiration for some of the iconic songs in his illustrious career and his love of southern food. Hamilton recently starred as Kyle Kirby in the feature film Carl Weber’s Influence, now streaming on BET+.

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EST GEE — “5500 DEGREES”

Today, EST Gee shared the new music video for his raw and energetic single “5500 Degrees (feat Lil Baby, 42 Dugg and Rylo Rodriguez),” which has become a fan-favorite off the Louisville hip-hop artist’s debut label mixtape, Bigger Than Life Or Death.

On “5500 Degrees,” Gee joins forces with the Baby, Dugg and Rylo to put a fresh twist on Juvenile’s classic “400 Degreez” that was released in 1998. In the visual directed by Diesel Filmz, all 4 artists deliver dynamic bars that showcase their charisma and star power. Watch the video HERE.

Gee recently secured his first-career, Top-10 appearance on the Billboard 200 chart with Bigger Than Life Or Death, which was released via CMG/Warlike/Interscope Records and surged to No. 7 on the Billboard 200.

It has impressively gathered over 137 million streams globally to date as he continues to average nearly 4 million monthly listeners on Spotify. He also topped Rolling Stone’s Breakthrough 25 Chart and captured No. 1 on Apple’s All Genre chart. Stream Bigger Than Life Or Death HERE.

Last month, Gee made his major festival debut at Rolling Loud: Miami, where he performed several songs from Bigger Than Life Or Death and performed alongside labelmate 42 Dugg. He is also set to perform at Rolling Loud: New York and Rolling Loud: California as well as Made In America.

Bigger Than Life Or Death marks Gee’s label debut and the project was jam-packed with illustrious collaborations from Lil Baby, Future, Yo Gotti, Young Thug, Lil Durk, 42 Dugg, Rylo Rodriguez and Pooh Shiesty.

The mixtape went on to receive acclaim from several media outlets including XXL, OkayPlayer, BrooklynVegan, Complex, Fader and more. It also received rave reviews from VIBE who acclaimed, “…the Louisville native shines on this outing, as well as the entirety of his new project…” and Stereogum who recognized, “Even with all those big stars on the album… Bigger Than Life Or Death never loses its sense of personality.”  Gee was also recognized by Billboard who crowned him as “July’s R&B/Hip-Hop Rookie of the Month.”

PRAISE FOR BIGGER THAN LIFE OR DEATH:

“comprised of impressive bars, a fluid flow and vivid storytelling about his life coming up in Louisville, Ky” – XXL

“It’s no wonder Jay-Z and Drake have co-signed him” – Consequence of Sound

“one of rap’s most promising and closely watched new talents.” – FADER

“Every new verse from Gee feels like he’s trying to bring the house down, and this concoction of deeply vivid street tales and hard-nosed deliveries has anointed Louisville’s own as the next superstar in rap” – Lyrical Lemonade

“EST Gee has quickly become one of the hottest rappers out” – REVOLT

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THE LAST ARTFUL, DODGR – Lightwork

Undoubtedly one of music’s favorite enigmas, The Last Artful, Dodgr, has been quietly putting in the work catching the attention of music greats like Mark Ronson, Aminé, Anderson .Paak as well as syncs on shows like HBO’s “Euphoria.” Today, the Grammy winning songwriter releases a brand new song called, “Lightwork.” And as the title suggests, creating hook friendly pop music comes effortlessly to Dodgr and it’s no different on this new track. “Lightwork” is groovy in nature and reminiscent of early 80s, new romantics production that is bound to have listeners bouncing in their seats. “Get in… get in… get in a groove” with Dodgr.

Listen to “Lightwork” by The Last Artful, Dodgr here.

About The Last Artful, Dodgr

Born and raised in LA, the genre-bending talent didn’t fully discover her artistic voice until attending Humboldt State University (CA). After graduating from Humboldt, Dodgr took yet another step further into the “fish out of water” mentality, moving to Portland in pursuit of music despite the city’s known reluctance to hip-hop. Noticing a local scene beginning to grow, she quickly developed a loyal following whom she compares to the love of an “adoptive” family. Offering refreshing, genre-agnostic music, she became one of the city’s premiere talents, and eventually met fellow Portland artist Aminé, who invited her to accompany him as a background vocalist during his first late night television performance in 2016. Since then, Dodgr has grown her loyal audience exponentially, even boasting collaborations with Mark Ronson, Anderson .Paak and Portugal. The Man, among others. Now signed to Interscope Records and at work on her debut album, she dares to be different in the age of immediacy — a prideful testament to her resolute character and even more so, a reflection of Dodgr’s artistic integrity.

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The Heavy Hours Announces Debut EP, Wildfire

The Heavy Hours releases cover of Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now, building anticipation for their debut EP which will be released August 3.

Hitting a mid-1970s pop-rock sweet spot, this fab debut from Cincinnati newcomers was produced by Simone Felice and co-written with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. The band more than lives up to such illustrious company.” – The Times of London

“Unbelievably catchy lines and effortlessly organic arrangement.” – American Songwriter

The Heavy Hours, from Cincinnati, OH, announced the August 3 release date of their debut EP, Wildfire. The band also shares their cover version of Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now. Both the EP and song were produced by Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Jade Bird, Matt Maeson) and produced and mixed by David Baron. Don’t Start Now, released through BMG, is available for streaming and download. 

The band said about the cover song, “Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start Now is the essence of pop music production; a cacophony of synthesizers, elaborate and squishy bass lines, and outer-space dipped vocals… however, it all comes down to the vocal melody, which – just STICKS in your brain. We’ve always worked at and wanted to re-imagine a pop anthem like this in our own production style – using acoustic guitars, upright pianos, shakers, and other analog technology. We’re really excited to release our cut of the tune to see if listeners enjoy our version just as much as Dua Lipa’s.”

The cover of Don’t Stop Now is not included on the Wildfire EP, which contains five original songs from the band and includes the previously released song Don’t Walk Away which was co-written with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.

On top of the music announcement, the band is pleased to announce some tour dates, starting with an EP release day show at Madison Live! in Covington, KY, across the river from their hometown in Cincinnati.

Adopting the band’s name from a line in William Butler Yeats’ Autobiographies, The Heavy Hours emerged, eager to explore a long-standing fascination with time-honored songwriting and production. Their music soon made its way to Dan Auerbach, who invited his fellow Ohioans to visit his Easy Eye Sound headquarters in Nashville for a few days of collaborative songwriting. The sessions were both productive and a revelation, inspiring the band to strip away some of their previous artifice in order to touch a more universal chord. Armed with a cache of new songs and innumerable ideas, The Heavy Hours traveled to rural Catskills in New York state, to record under the aegis of producer Simone Felice. The winter sessions proved incredibly fruitful, yielding a collection of distinctive new music that serves as an undeniable milestone on The Heavy Hours’ ongoing creative journey.

THE HEAVY HOURS TOUR DATES

Aug 2 – Madison Live! – Covington, KY (EP Release Show)

Aug 28 – Denver Day of Rock – Denver, CO

Sep 4 – Dillon Amphitheatre – Dillon, CO

WILDFIRE EP TRACKLIST

Wildfire

Don’t Walk Away

Ache

Desperate Days

The Only One

Dev!s artwork from Jim Merlis, Big Hassle Media for use by 360 Magazine

DELV!S – REBELMAN

At 6’4”, with a full beard and a thick mop of jet black hair, Delv!s would stand out in any crowd. But it was due to his beautiful soulful voice he has found himself cast into the spotlight, a little under 10 years ago. It was during his college days that Delv!s first got to hear the great singers such as Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, or Billie Holiday, who influenced his androgynous and generously deep vocal style.

Following a few show-stopping performances in Europe at Pukkelpop, Couleur Café, Gent Jazz or Lowlands, Delv!s released his debut EP, the irresistible disco-funk “No Ending”, fronted by the hit single “Come My Way”, that topped the radio charts in his native Belgium for 4 weeks in a row.

Deeply rooted in his love for music from the fifties, sixties, and seventies, “Rebelman” shows a more mature side of Delv!s. For this new track, his character is portrayed by a puppet, a symbolic prop used as a poetic and moving allegory.

If it can be labeled a protest song, it is the most sweetly mesmerizing one you’ll ever hear. The single, recorded in a small cabin by the lake, was put together using field recordings, a humble Squier guitar, an electronic organ, and that distinct Delv!s voice wrapped in guitar amps.

A breath of fresh air that promises to open a brand new chapter with “Rebelman” the first release taken from the Belgian singer’s debut album “Blablablue.”

Watch “Rebelman” here.

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