Preserving unprecedented momentum from a breakthrough 2019, platinum-certified R&B singer and songwriter Queen Naija officially shares her new single “Butterflies Pt. 2” today. Get it HERE via Capitol Music Group. It stands out as the sequel to her recently platinum-certified 2018 single “Butterflies.”
Earlier this week, she teased out the track on YouTube with a “Memory Video.” View it HERE. The clip impressively neared 1 million views in less three days. It intercuts intimate real-life moments between Queen Naija and her boyfriend Clarence White. Cycling through actual Facetime chats and iPhone video, it seamlessly reflects the vulnerability of the track itself. Over acoustic guitar-laced minimal production by Rice N’ Peas [Kiana Ledé, Bazzi], emotion shines through the verses as she confesses, “I still get butterflies.”
“Butterflies Pt. 2” sets the stage for an even bigger 2020 as she readies her anxiously awaited full-length debut album for release very soon.
DUKE DEUCE DROPS NEW TAPE ON QUALITY CONTROL MUSIC/YRN
STREAM MEMPHIS MASSACRE 2— HERE
WATCH THE “CRUNK AINT DEAD REMIX” VIDEO FT. LIL JON, PROJECT PAT & JUICY J–HERE
Feedbacks from the public
“The fact that his record was co-signed by fellow Memphis stars, Project Pat and Juicy J, is a telling sign that Duke Deuce is truly on the rise.” – HYPEBEAST
“2020 could be Duke Deuce’s year” -CLASH
“Although it won’t be long until fans move on to the next hottest hip-hop dance, something tells us Duke Deuce has the star power and quality music to ride this moment for a whole lot longer” – COMPLEX
“Already showing the ability to stand out on the timeline, and with the support of Quality Control, Duke might just be ready to take off.” – LYRICAL LEMONADE
“He’s the best parts of every era of Memphis while being in tune with the new generation of rap.” – FLOSS MAG
Breakout Memphis Rapper
Duke Deuce drops his hotly anticipated new tape, Memphis Massacre 2 on Quality Control Music/YRN, the follow up to 2018’s Memphis Massacre. Listen to Memphis Massacre 2 HERE. Watch the video for “Crunk Ain’t Dead Remix (feat. Lil Jon, Juicy J, Project Pat)” HERE. Duke has been on a steady rise catching attention for bringing back an era of crunk music that originated in Memphis but became popular out of Atlanta.
Duke grew up around the sound and recalls the likes of Three6Mafia,8Ball, and MJG as influences as well as his father Duke Nitty who produced the Memphis classic “S.O.U.T.H. Parkway” by Gangsta Blac. Duke Nitty is also credited as a producer for few tracks on MM2. The album sees Duke navigate through diverse production and multiple styles like a veteran. An energetic listen over 12 tracks that could only be made by someone that lives and breathes this scene. It’s a true come up for a rising star in rap. Alongside his music, Duke’s unique dance moves are part of what brought him to Quality Control. After Offset saw one of Duke’s videos, he flew him out to the studio to meet and ended up signing him to QC. Gaining co-signs from the whole QC family as well as Cardi B, Duke Deuce is quickly becoming a recognizable name in the space. Late last year Duke released the video for “Crunk Ain’t Dead,” now at over 10 million views on YouTube.
Following its success, hip-hop legends Lil Jon, Juicy J, and Project Pat hopped on a remix that released just last week. Duke commented on working with them, “It was legendary working beside guys I listened to as a kid growing up in Memphis in the studio with my dad.”
MEMPHIS MASSACRE 2 TRACKLISTING
1. FEEL LIKE IT (PROD. BY DENAROLOVE)
2. BHZ (PROD. BY HITT KIDD & CHASE THE MONEY)
3. CRUNK AIN’T DEAD REMIX (FT. LIL JON, PROJECT PAT, JUICY J)
4. ON ME (PROD.HITTKIDD
5.FAT MAC (PROD. BY DUKE NITTY)
6. BAD NEWS (PROD. BY DUKENITTY)
7. TRAP BLUES (PROD. BY CHEFERY)
8. CRUNK AIN’T DEAD MOB – DUKE DEUCE, LIL THAD, LIL YACHTY
9. BODY (PROD. BY EVIL G)
10. DUKE FLOW (PROD. BY PYREX WHIPPA)
11. LOCK DOORS (PROD. BY PYREX WHIPPA)
12. BIG DOG (PROD. BY STASH 808)
The Weeknd has announced the name of his upcoming album, After Hours, coming soon via XO Records / Republic Records. The album has been led by his two Platinum singles “Heartless”, which previously hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Blinding Lights” along with outstanding live performances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. “Blinding Lights” also soundtracked the Mercedes-Benz EQC campaign which The Weeknd starred in and served as creative director for. Last week he also scored his first ever UK #1 song with “Blinding Lights” and also earned his 10th #1 song on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs chart.
On March 7th, The Weeknd will be making his third appearance as musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
In March of 2020, Sound MANA, a music residency is launching on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. Created by DJ/Producer and Ableton Certified Instructor Adam Partridge (artist name: Atropolis) and his partner En Wong, a multidisciplinary educator—Sound MANA offers artists working in music a one or two-week creative retreat to work on an EP, LP, album or sound and visual project.
Each month, Sound MANA will host up to seven artists who are accepted to the program through an application process. Daily lectures, studio-hours, feedback sessions and workshops are hosted in a cliff-side palapa overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Artists in residency are also given the opportunity to experiment with field recording and live sampling using nature sounds captured from around Oaxaca.
At the heart of this unique program is the artist’s need to connect. Sound MANA recognizes the healing power therein, of seeking silence and truth in nature, of removing oneself from materialism and urban society.
Many producers are confined to their workstations where they produce entire bodies of work within the clicking of a mouse. DJs, singers and musicians find themselves in search for more opportunities to diversify and create original content. Sound MANA offers the artist (emerging and professional) a platform to hone in on their creative practice and develop a unique point of view through a renewed connection to nature, culture, community, technology and self. Music producers, DJs, singers, songwriters, composers, instrumentalists and sound researchers are encouraged to apply at www.soundmana.com.
Houston, TX artist Trevor Daniel continues to spike up the charts with his breakout single “Falling”; today with a remix from R&B princess Summer Walker. Summer’s mystique vocals pairs well with the songs anthemic vibe and Trevor’s sonic depiction of heartbreak. Listen to the remix here/below: https://smarturl.it/TDFallingRemix
This week it was also announced that Trevor Daniel leads the Billboard “Emerging Artist” charts continuing his rise in the music space as as a true artist to watch. Daniel’s major debut album will be released soon.
About Trevor Daniel — An outsider might perceive Trevor Daniel’s rise as an overnight catapult of stratospheric proportions, but the Houston,TX singer has been quietly carving a career in music since his teens. From learning to produce beats in his bedroom to attracting hit-making heavyweights with his artful bridge of electro-R&B and balladic pop, Daniel created his own wave to ride to the top. When Hurricane Harvey devastated the city, then 22-year-old Daniel was forced to evacuate his family home with just music equipment in tow — returning later to find the house flooded in chest-deep water. Within a week of the calamity, he had quit his day job at a men’s suits store, newly determined to pursue music full-time. Almost a year after the release of his debut EP, Homesick, the 25-year-old reached number one on the US Viral 50 with the project’s first single “Falling” — a track that also saw him enter the Top 40 in over 20 other countries. Daniel revealed that “it didn’t feel real” when he noticed the track begin to regain traction months after it’s release. The singer’s ethereal vocals over a trap-infused downbeat already primed listeners for the repeat button, but it was Daniel’s lyrical prowess that sparked their imagination. “Falling”s sonic depiction of heartbreak is so relatable that millions selected the song to soundtrack their creations on popular content-sharing platform, Tik Tok, detailing relationship woes. Not resting on his laurels, Daniel is set to release his major debut album with exciting collaborations and a sound that is sure to capture an entire generation.
The 2020 new age, all improved, must-have Polaris Slingshot has been revealed in Vegas; and we had the exclusive chance to get behind the wheel. Not merely as beautiful on the outside, you can witness the time put into the fabrication as the interior matched the exterior. It’s the perfect blend of luxury and sport with the comfort of a compact vehicle but the ride thrill of a motorcycle.
It’s Automatic – New AutoDrive Transmission Allows More Drivers to Join the Slingshot Community
New Polaris ProStar 2.0L DOHC Four-Cylinder Engine Delivers up to 203 Horsepower at 8250 RPM
Available with the New AutoDrive Transmission or Manual, each with 2 Drive Modes for a Customizable Drive
Fully Redesigned Interior and Upgraded Finishes Brings Refinement and Style Into the Cockpit
Revised Chassis and Suspension Improves Handling and Vehicle Dynamics
Musician turned model, Tyler Jacob took us behind the scenes to get a look at the stylish yet avant-garde 2020 Polaris Slingshot. This is the introduction of their four-cylinder engine featuring 70 percent new vehicle content, the 2020 Slingshot SL and Slingshot R take the Slingshot experience to a whole new level.
“We are excited to announce Slingshot’s first-ever automatic style transmission. Our new AutoDrive transmission will open the door for more people to get in, stand out, and take their driving experience to a whole new level,” asserts Mike Dougherty, President of Polaris Slingshot. “With roughly 70 percent all-new content, we left no stone unturned both inside and out. The all-new ProStar 2.0L engine delivers more power and more fun, while the completely redesigned cockpit and interior elevates the shared experience for both the driver and their passenger.”
As we entered the cabin, we took note of the new premium leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel with multi-function controls and integrated cruise control which immediately redefines the personal connection between the driver and vehicle. The redesigned cockpit was purposeful in its execution. Keeping the driver and passenger top-of-mind, 2020 models featured the following enhancements: a padded center console, added storage compartments for mobile devices, enlarged and repositioned cup holders and LED interior lighting.
For 2020, Slingshot introduces exciting updates to its Ride Command infotainment system with a completely redesigned display featuring a new quad-core processor to provide a faster, more responsive interaction. Talk about driver intuition. The seven-inch display receives an improved viewing angle and even brighter screen, allowing drivers and passengers to easily view and interact with the system in broad daylight. Available as standard equipment for both models, Ride Command provides convenient access to key vehicle information and mobile phone pairing via two USB ports or via Bluetooth®. Drivers can access AM/FM radio or listen to their favorite music with crystal-clear audio thanks to the 100-watt Rockford Fosgate® audio system. This system delivers a decent sound for lengthy road trips while the wind whisks pass your helmet.
Standard with the Slingshot R, and an optional upgrade for the SL, are Ride Command’s connected services featuring turn-by-turn navigation with an intuitive search system. The GPS offering includes special routing options to locate the shortest, fastest or most scenic route. Drivers can also build a route with multiple waypoints and access real-time traffic and weather overlays to ensure clear roads for the most enjoyable driving experience. By utilizing the Ride Command mobile app, drivers can remotely access key vehicle data and conveniently plan ride routes ahead of time.
“The 2020 lineup embodies what Slingshot stands for – a creative escape to enjoy the road ahead,” said Dougherty. “We are unveiling a vehicle that truly embodies the adventurous spirit the brand stands for, the social nature of our customers, and the stand-out attitude only a Slingshot can deliver.”
At the heart of the 2020 Slingshot is Polaris Industries’ first four-cylinder engine, the ProStar 2.0L. Tuned to perfection and put through an exhaustive track and on-road testing program, the ProStar 2.0L was designed to deliver a range of performance capabilities and to enhance an already incredible on-road experience. The SL packs 178 horsepower at an incredible 8500 RPM, while the new R model redlines at 8500 RPM and puts out a jaw-dropping 203 peak horsepower at 8250 RPM – an increase of 30 horsepower when compared to the previous powertrain. With an all-new tuned exhaust, the ProStar engine roars down the road, ensuring everyone within ear-shot will take notice. In addition, it possses better cornering and braking than it’s predecessor.
With an improved suspension and chassis, the 2020 Slingshot is a game-changer – offering a driving experience in-line with its bold, look-at-me styling. The 2020 Slingshot exterior features a refreshed frontasia with a bodacious new signature look that only Slingshot can own. Upgrades include: new front accent lighting; new LED headlamps and signature taillights; all-new wheels and wheel options and stand-out paint as well as graphic schemes.
Accessible via the Ride Command system, or right from the steering wheel, are Slingshot’s all-new drive modes. Whether standing out during a comfortable cruise downtown or embarking on a weekend adventure through the twisty backroads, each mode provides a personalized driving experience with the ultimate connectivity between vehicle and road. “Comfort” mode is best suited for leisurely rides, while “Slingshot” mode delivers a sporty, connected, high-revving driving experience. Perfect for grabbing attention while cruising on the beach or Las Vegas Strip.
Slingshot owners celebrate life in their own way, and customize their Slingshots to match. That self-expression is amplified with Slingshot Engineered Accessories. New for 2020 are 23 new accessories curated into inspirational collections, including a Design, a Weekender and a Premier series. The Design series makes a statement at every streetlight with a variety of colorful components options from top-to-bottom, front-to-back. The Weekender series features overnight bags and added storage options – allowing drivers to hit the road packed for adventure. Additionally, the smartly-styled Slingshade and Ripper Tinted Wind Deflector provide improved driver comfort and protection from the elements. The Premier series combines the best elements of function, style and comfort, including Ride Command navigation, premier wheel set, interior LED lighting, and a rear fender. Each series is specifically designed to inspire personalization, as all parts are sold individually – allowing drivers to mix and match to create the ultimate piece of self-expression.
Starting at $26,499, the SL with AutoDrive is available in Red Pearl and Blue Steel paint colors. Pricing for the R model begins at $30,999 for a manual and $32,699 for AutoDrive. Both R options are available in Stealth Black and Miami Blue paint colors.
The 2020 Slingshot lineup will ship to U.S. dealers this spring.
Polaris Slingshot, a wholly-owned brand of Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII), continues to define the category through style, ride experience and community with our three-wheeled autocycle. With AutoDrive and manual transmission options, an open cockpit, side-by-side seating, 5” ride height and a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder engine, Slingshot comes in a variety of models that are sure to make a statement. Step into a Slingshot for an adventurous and unrivaled ride experience. Learn more, visit slingshot.polaris.com.
*Slingshot is a three-wheeled motorcycle. It is not an automobile. It does not have airbags and it does not meet automotive safety standards. Three wheel vehicles may handle differently than other vehicles, especially in wet conditions. Always wear a DOT-approved full-face helmet and fasten seatbelts. The Driver may need a valid motorcycle endorsement.
**In the state of California, this vehicle can be operated without a helmet because it contains a steering wheel and foot brakes.
Vocalist/producer/multi-instrumentalist EDEN releases “isohel” today via all digital partners. “isohel” is the fourth track from his upcoming sophomore album – no future- out February 14th via Astralwerks. His wandering guitar work and gently devastating vocal performance channel the ache of reminiscence. Download/Stream the track HERE. A video for “isohel,” filmed in Kazakhstan and directed by EDEN’s frequent collaborators Zhang + Knight, was also released today. The visual features EDEN hitching a ride through a muted purple and gold-hued countryside. Watch it HERE.
“Isohel’s are lines on a weather map that connect all the areas that receive equal sunlight,” EDEN explains. “Light and sunlight have been an odd obsession for me since I was a teenager; I’ve always felt like I was moving toward some unreachable horizon. The song ‘isohel’ is about wishing the best for the people you’ve left behind but knowing that you’re probably better off where you are now.”
”isohel” follows the previously released album tracks, “untitled,” “projector” and “‘love, death, distraction’ which V Magazine deems, “a hauntingly beautiful slow jam that doubles as a reflection of our relationship with our phones, brought to life by the strums of a guitar and Ng’s euphonious ennui…As with everything he creates, EDEN’s thoughtful and methodical approach can be both seen and felt. His knack for succeeding at it is what all great artists should aspire to.”
On his new album, EDEN (Dublin-bred artist Jonathon Ng) takes an outward-looking perspective with the looming threat of the climate crisis informing much of his songwriting. But while its songs often return to themes of finality and loss, no future unfolds with an unlikely splendor that ultimately makes for a transcendent listening experience. As with all his music, no future was recorded and self-produced in EDEN’s home studio in Dublin.
Agat hails from Tel-Aviv. Her immense talent captivates listeners with her intrinsic synth-pop sound.
Embraced with a rich soundtrack during her childhood with the likes of Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder and The Beatles, the Israeli songstress possessed musical skills which led her to composing her own material. She plays different instruments and often delves into diverse musical cultures and styles. As part of exploring her talents, Agat began performing in groups and bands. Ultimately, that participation became an expressive outlet for her creativity.
After dropping out of school to study music, Agat started investigating jazz harmony; and eventually halted her lessons and focused on writing for her own projects. In the past year, she decided to put the majority of her energy into launching her own sound – genre bending electronic and rock. Experimenting with different sounds and drawing from inspirations like David Bowie, Chris Cornell and Mike Patton, she continues to construct tracks for fearless people whom lives life with no boundaries.
Kaash Paige is an 18 year old buzzing artist from Dallas, Texas, making waves with dreamy viral hit, “Love Songs.” “Love Songs” reached #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart and US Viral Chart and reached #3 on Rolling Stone’s Top 25 Trending Chart. Kaash is an acronym for Kill All Arrogance Stop Hatred.
WATCH KAASH PAIGE BREAK DOWN THE MEANING OF “LOVE SONGS” ON GENIUS
There is a new artist on the rise in NYC, and they go by the name of Finding Thomas. Founded by singer/songwriter Thomas Guttman, the band has just released its debut EP, which you can listen to now via HERE.
Distinguished like a Rolex GMT Master II, Thomas Guttman creates music which hovers above genres, marked by a refusal to be pigeonholed. Born and raised in New York City, Finding Thomas performs regularly at downtown clubs like The Standard, East Village, Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, and Bowery Electric, where the fresh sound of the new never fails to surprise. With deep roots in the past, and a sensibility finely to the present, one hears the lingering roar of the previous century colliding with the madness of the current century – yet it’s still fundamentally rooted in bass, guitar, drums, and laced with a biting, lyrical poetry.
Finding Thomas’ EP is cohesive and complex, with each track showcasing a different side of the band. Influences are as varied as they are nuanced, resulting in a timeless suite of songs. The international ensemble of musicians on the recording conjures a surprisingly straight up rock & roll record, with enticing hooks and brutally honest lyrics.
The EP opens with “Better On My Own,” which was recorded during a summer session with Israeli-based producer Eran Tabib. Featuring a tender guitar hook, paired with a tale of a heart shattered into pieces so sharp that they cut, Thomas sings with an intimacy that feels like he’s confiding in the listener.
“It was amazing to be working with Eran in Israel,” said Guttman. “We had been working together for a few years in New York, as a vocal coach. Luckily the stars aligned and we were able to set up a session very last minute in Tel-Aviv . The timing was perfect, as I had just written ‘Better On My Own’ after a rough breakup in December and the fresher the better.”
Watch the music video for “Better On My Own” via YouTube HERE.
Taken as a whole, the EP presents a fresh, personal, authentic new voice, marked by a taut, musical tension – between loose and tight rhythms, romantic and caustic tones, and past and the future sensibilities.
For more information on Finding Thomas please visit HERE.