Posts tagged with "songwriter"

Gorgon City × EVAN GIIA – Burning

UK & Chicago based duo of Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson Scott a.k.a Gorgon City, have become known for their addictive take on bass driven vocal and deep house. They have carved out a distinct and instantly recognisable sound after producing a string of chart hits and underground dance floor moments. With over 1.4 billion global streams to their name and over 9 million singles sold across their career, Gorgon City are hit makers, with each release reaffirming this status.

Working just as well in the underground as on national airwaves and streaming playlists, the new release “Burning” is everything you would expect from a Gorgon City production — full of emotion with a big anthemic feel, atmospheric synth tones, low rumbling horns and warm bass, alongside EVAN GIIA’s resonant and soulful vocals. Written in March of this year during turbulent global times, this new release signifies the beginning of a new chapter for the duo that will lead into 2021 and beyond. Out now via Astralwerks, listen to “Burning” HERE and watch the visualizer HERE.

Gorgon City continues their theme of working with US vocalists as they have on the recent releases, marrying UK production with outstanding US singers on the rise. EVAN GIIA, the duo’s labelmate on Astralwerks, adds her distinctive electronic pop crossover touch to the new track. GIIA’s latest in a series of singles “FOCUS” & was hailed as “an inspired anthem with a feel-good message” by V Magazine. Wonderland said, “We defy you to listen to SIDELINES and not feel your heart tempo kick up a few notches.” The New Nine said, “EVAN GIIA is the new cool girl to keep on your radar Switch Off is upbeat, pulsing and sure to be on repeat on your playlists.” Earmilk observed, “EVAN GIIA is the gutsy, barnstorming pop singer making quite a splash with her unique sonic panache and kinetic live persona.”

With a discography packed full of outstanding releases, the past year has seen Gorgon City release a series of standout singles. The unmistakable track House Arrest” with Sofi Tukker clocked up over 14 Million streams in 10 weeks, topped international radio playlists and hit the #1 spot on US Dance Radio. The duo also collaborated with house music royalty MK on There For You” and continued their innovative trailblazing with Nobody featuring Chicago duo DRAMA, as well as releasing a string of dance-floor ready cuts via their club focused imprint REALM.

With a new video for “Burning” in the pipeline, exciting news announcements for the new year and a 2021 international tour planned, the future is burning bright for Gorgon City.

ABOUT ASTRALWERKS:

Established in 1993 in New York City, Astralwerks was the brainchild of Caroline Records staffers who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the nascent electronic and ambient scene. Now based at the historic Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, Astralwerks has emerged as a modern, artist-first label and the #1 market share leader for dance/electronic music in the U.S. Combining a scalable, independent and global-thinking ethos with the ability to tap into the resources of a major label has enabled Astralwerks to sign such artists as ILLENIUM, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, ZHU and Alesso. As a testament to its pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many others. The label has also released such massive singles as the 5x Platinum “Happier” by Marshmello + Bastille and FISHER’s “Losing It.”

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Joseph Black × Luh Kel – Homesick

Today, the rapper/singer/songwriters Joseph Black and Luh Kel share their new emotionally charged single “Homesick.” Released via Untold Stories/Electric Feel/Capitol Records, “Homesick” reveals Blackߣs incredible gift for merging heart-on-sleeve storytelling with hard-hitting beats. Listen HERE and watch the lyric video HERE.

With its potent rhythm and haunting piano work, “Homesick” brings Black’s melodic flow to a high-impact track detailing his experience in heartbreak and betrayal. The song’s moody intensity is perfectly amplified by a soul-stirring verse from Luh Kel, a St. Louis-born rapper/singer/songwriter known for his gold-certified 2019 single “Wrong.”

“My life took a change for the better which caused me to move away. Now I am homesick for a person, and that’s what I expressed when I made this,” says Joseph Black “It doesn’t matter where I am in the world, you are my home and without you I am homesick.”

Bittersweet but undeniably catchy, “Homesick” spotlights the raw emotion Black has previously brought to tracks like his recent single “see you later” and his hit record “(i hope you) miss me.” A breakup anthem released on Valentine’s Day, the latter became a major phenomenon on TikTok thanks to a trend ironically started by the very ex for whom Black wrote the song on. Now at over 60million global streams, “(i hope you) miss me” also landed in the top 5 on Spotify’s US Viral 50 chart and garnered over a 3 million TikTok creates.

ABOUT JOSEPH BLACK

A 22-year-old self-made rapper, singer, and producer, Joseph Black is on a mission to make it. Thanks to his DIY hustle and tremendous talent, he first cracked the mainstream with “(i hope you) miss me,” a painfully honest breakup anthem released in early 2019. Hailing from Duluth, Minnesota, Black had a chaotic upbringing that included growing up poor and frequently getting into fights at school before eventually dropping out. At age 15 the self-taught musician began exploring his creative side, inspired by an eclectic mix of artists ranging from Eminem and Lil Wayne to a number of country singer/songwriters. For several years he turned to the lawless, drug-ridden streets of his city, but never stopped pursuing his passion for music. With a sound that’s a virtual Pandora’s box just as likely to deliver a melodic banger, street anthem, or turnt-up-party-jam. Black is on the verge of a breakout and hopes his music offers others the same solace it’s always given him.

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Zach Gill – Cocktail Yoga

ZACH GILL FLEXES HIS MUSICAL MUSCLES LIKE NEVER BEFORE ON GROUNDBREAKING NEW SOLO ALBUM COCKTAIL YOGA

Watch Lyric video for “Playground In Your Soul” HERE!

Acclaimed singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist ZACH GILL unveils his third full-length solo album, Cocktail Yoga, today.

Stream Cocktail Yoga HEREvia Brushfire/Republic Records and view the lyric video for “Playground In Your Soul” HERE!

Zach Gill, who over the course of his career has accumulated over 18 million global streams, heralds the nine-track instrumental new album with the single “King Dancer’s Delight.” Punctuated by nature sounds, immersive production, and artful sonic transmissions, Cocktail Yoga also drew critical attention right out of the gate. In addition to features from JamBase and more, Santa Barbara Independent enthusiastically wrote, “To me, it sounds like that ‘space-age bachelor-pad music’ made famous by Mexican legend Esquivel!”

He bends genres on Cocktail Yoga and twists up instrumental escapism unlike anything else out there.

While quarantined at home this year, Zach locked himself in the “Creativity Lounge, i.e. his garage, and escaped. Tinkering and toying with instruments and gear accrued over decades, he tuned out the noise of the news and stress of a world under duress and simply played. Without words, he unassumingly conjured what he refers to as “sound spaces.

By happenstance he manifested an album that provides sonic respite and relief with fluid laidback performances straight from the heart right when we need it most. “King Dancer’s Delight” introduces his vision with its analog synths and ethereal keys, inviting audiences to breathe in the beat and exhale bliss.

In a time where we all feel like we all need a cocktail, or to do some yoga, Zach Gill asks the question… “Why not both?” Cocktail Yoga stretches the bounds of his creativity yet again. See a note from Zach below on the album.

What is Cocktail Yoga by Zach Gill?

At the start of the 2020 global lockdown, as a traveling musician, I found myself with a sudden plethora of time at home, surrounded by ideas and inspiring instruments. Over the last decade, I’ve created a small and always evolving music studio in my garage. I call it the Creativity Lounge. Each time I get a new instrument or piece of recording gear, I spend a little time exploring musical possibilities with it. These aren’t songs in the traditional sense but more like “sound spaces” and as time has gone on I’ve ended up with quite a few of these exploratory, instrumental tracks. Each one unique, like an alien planet with its own inhabitants, climates, and landscapes. When the news of the day was stressful and life felt chaotic with too many voices in my head, I’d put on my headphones, fire up the recording gear and escape to these sonic planets without words, each time adding new elements and whittling away old, until one day I realized I’d accidentally made an album. An album called Cocktail Yoga.

Cocktail Yoga is music for unwinding the mind, the body and the soul. It’s music meant for dreaming, for painting, for cooking and for crafting. It might inspire you to stretch your hammys and roll your shoulders, or it might inspire you to make a hot toddy and curl up with a good book or call an old friend. It’s playful and seamless and doesn’t require anything from you. Inspired by composers like Esquivel, Martin Denny, and The Three Suns, Cocktail Yoga is fresh, yet rooted in an older, seemingly simpler time. It’s a portal out of the realms of opinion and decision and into the spaces between, where time is infinite and all endings are also beginnings.

Enjoy responsibly,

Love
Zach

Zach Gill
A true musical journeyman, ZACH GILL can be heard throughout seminal records from Jack Johnson, Animal Liberation Orchestra, and more. In 2008, he released his solo debut, ZACHGILL’sStuff. In 2018, he delivered the engaging and expansive, Life In The Multiverse, generating over 3 million streams and receiving enthusiastic acclaim.

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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, 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, Liam Payne, Lil Wayne, Lorde, Metro Boomin, NAV, Nicki Minaj, Of Monsters and Men, Pearl Jam, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Zendaya 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, Monkeywrench, XO, Young Money, among others. Republic also maintains long-standing strategic alliances with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (J Balvin and Karol G) and Hollywood Records. 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.

WizTheMc – WhoWho

Today, WizTheMc releases his new single “WhoWho,” out now via 10K Projects/Homemade Projects. His latest single shows the South African/German artist moving between singing and rapping as he talks unrequited love. “WhoWho” arrives shortly after the release of singles “For a Minute” and “Lied,” garnering over 9 million streams on Spotify combined.

LISTEN TO “WHOWHO” HERE

Born in Cape Town but raised in Germany, gifted in multiple languages and able to move between genres, from reflective hip-hop to the brightest iteration of pop, 21-year-old WizTheMc is poised to be a global superstar. His breakout single, “For a Minute,” was recorded during quarantine and has already been streamed millions of times. Built around an acoustic guitar loop, the self-produced track has a sweetly sung chorus and a rapped verse, encapsulating Wiz’s dynamic sensibility and skillset. “It’s such a vibe that you don’t realize it’s such a sexual song,” Wiz says. The experience gets deeper with repeated plays.

There’s an ease to Wiz’s latest material—he’s in the midst of recording an album right now—that elides the years of grinding and uncertainty that led him here, to a new deal with Elliot Grainge’s 10K Projects and Homemade Projects. Just days after completing high school in Germany, Wiz flew to Toronto, where he knew no one, to immerse himself in the city’s music scene. Though he initially wrote music in German, he realized he wanted to write in English, both because he wanted to reach more listeners and because he loves the possibilities of the language. Toronto seemed like a good bet—not unlike Germans, Canadians are known to be kind, not as imposing as, say, New Yorkers to a stranger. What was meant to be a short stay turned into a six-month-long trip. It made him realize how much opportunity is waiting for you, if you leave your comfort zone. “Being open can be the most important trait,” he says.

In Toronto, he sharpened his production skills and met close collaborators, like the producer and songwriter Jeff Hazin. Hazin is a crucial part of the team in this new chapter of Wiz’s career. His goal now is to showcase his abilities in full. “I want to change how people think about what a rapper can be. I started rapping on Tyga-type beats and now I’m making pop songs and still staying authentic. I want to have a catalogue where any person in the world could find at least one song to connect to on emotional and musical level.”

A perfect figure for a post-genre world of unbridled expression, Wiz is a globe-trotting singer-songwriter-rapper who learned how to make music with YouTube and who sees borders as arbitrary lines that are easily crossed. “I want people to think and live free,” he says, “and music helps us do that.”

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Zhamira Zambrano Releases “De locos” with Video

Talented, stunning Venezuelan singer and songwriter Zhamira Zambrano, releases the music video for her new single “De locos”, which follows a string of hits born from her alliance with the record label Dímelo Vi.

Zhamira Zambrano started her artistic path in 2016, when she became one of the finalists of the reality TV show La Banda, although she was already known as a promising content creator on YouTube.

After her evolution from a YouTube artist to an interpreter of the urban genre thanks to the signing of her musical contract with record label Dímelo Vi, Zhamira has managed to captivate her audience with three promotional singles: “Me alejo de ti”, “Si es por mi” and “Se va”, whose music videos have more than 10 million views on YouTube.

Today, the talented singer-songwriter releases “De locos”, a song she co-authored with Maya and Vicente Saavedra and was produced by Electrik, under the wings of the record label Dímelo Vi.

“De locos” premiered together with its official video clip, which was recorded in the city of Miami, Florida, under the direction of Daniel Eguren and produced by Pandora Films.

Recently, Zhamira Zambrano joined the historic Premios Juventud 2020 gala, in which there was no public presence, and all the artists respected the rules of social distancing and the use of face masks. For her part, Zhamira was in charge of presenting one of the awards of the night together with the Puerto Rican interpreter VF7.

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Billy Raffoul – International Hotel

Singer/songwriter Billy Raffoul shares a live performance video of the title track from his recently released full length album International Hotel. International Hotel takes its title from a bar in Raffoul’s home town of Leamington, Ontario. Raffoul filmed this live performance at the actual International Hotel Bar.

Mainly co-produced by Raffoul and his longtime collaborator Justin Zuccato, International Hotel was released last month on Interscope Records. American Songwriter said of the album “International Hotel is the kind of album that lingers long after its last notes fade, an incisive imprint that suggests an important new voice is here to stay.” After opening on the title track (a loving tribute to Raffoul’s father and his lifelong devotion to rock-and-roll), the album offers up a dozen more songs rooted in his sharply observed storytelling. With those songs encompassing everything from treasured family history to clear-eyed social commentary to a heartrending ballad of a comic-book hero on “The Ballad of James Howlett,” International Hotel closes out with “Massey Hall”: an homage to the venue of Raffoul’s dreams, a Toronto theater where Neil Young recorded Live at Massey Hall 1971.

Healy – Back in Time

Memphis based singer/songwriter/producer Healy releases his latest track and accompanying visual for “Back in Time” ft. Public Library Commute today (listen/watch here).

“”Back in Time,” much like “Nikes On,” has the central theme of time,” says Healy of the track.  “I really overthink a lot and spend a lot of my energy reliving the past while trying to make it perfect. Time is relative–and sometimes I wish I could manipulate it by slowing it down and living a little longer inside certain moments–so I tried to convey that by slowing and warping the end of the song and offering this really saturated vignette. It only lasts 30 seconds, but it departs from the anecdotal nature of the rest of the song and exists as a really vulnerable portrayal of my core feelings that rarely see the light of day.”

In July, Healy released the track and music video for “Second Wind” which was the first track he wrote and recorded during his trip to Joshua Tree National Park.  The track has nearly 1 million streams.  Earlier this year, Healy released “Nikes On” as well as the music video for his track “Reckless” the latter of which was featured on his debut album Subluxe and has over 47.5 million streams on Spotify.  Healy reached over 1.4 million followers on his Spotify artist page. Healy released “Tuscon,” which has garnered over 2.7 million combined audio streams.  Keep checking for more music from Healy coming soon.

About Healy:

Performing under only his last name, Healy embodies cardinal themes of his work like self-discovery and non-dualism. He released his debut album Subluxe in 2017 in the wake of his second year of medical school.  The album has nearly 60 million audio streams.  The lead single, “Unwind,” caught the internet on its heels, helping to establish Healy’s fixed presence as a promising multidimensional artist in a mercurial musical climate. His work is a fearless transgression—a tonal gradient with origins in classic and indie rock, soul, and Memphis rap.

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New Music Video for ILLENIUM – Nightlight

Platinum crossover electronic artist and producer/DJ ILLENIUM has released the highly anticipated video for his single “Nightlight”. The single is his first release via his recent partnership with 12Tone Music, led by industry veterans Doug Morris and Steve Bartels and has over 3M global streams in the first week of release and over 4.5M collective streams to date. Currently the song is the #1 gainer at dance radio. Of the video directed by Najeeb Tarazi, ILLENIUM states “This music video means a lot to me because I feel like it’s the beginning of a new chapter and the start of a story that will continue to unfold through my music.”

Watch the “Nightlight” Video HERE

“Nightlight” is ILLENIUM’s first single since “Feel Something” with Excision, and his 2019 album Ascend, which has over 1 billion streams and became his first number one on the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, reaching his highest peak on the Billboard 200. In addition, his 40-date North American Ascend headline tour featured a massive production consisting of a five-piece live band and sold out landmark venues including Madison Square Garden, STAPLES Center, Chase Center, and three consecutive nights at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

As one of the most successful crossover electronic artists today, Denver-based producer/DJ ILLENIUM, née Nick Miller, has elevated dance music via his bold, progressive take on the genre. His expansive sound, which mixes elements of celestial electronic, mellow alternative, rock-fuel dubstep, emotional indie and pop-tinged bass music, has topped the U.S. charts, and garnered more than 4 billion collective streams.

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Still Woozy – BS

Psychedelic pop music sensation, Still Woozy (Sven Gamsky), writes/records and produces everything on his own. He shared his latest track/video called “BS” which features delightfully dazed vocals + Sven on a bike, motorcycle and HORSE, it’s pretty majestic. Stream it HERE.

On Thursday, Still Woozy released the new track BS with a playful video to accompany it. The whimsical video compliments the introspective lyrics of the song — the lyrics are reflective of him struggling with his brain but ultimately bringing the best version of himself to the people he loves.

ABOUT STILL WOOZY

Sven Gamsky, also known under the stage name Still Woozy, is an American singer/songwriter from Oakland, California. His music is released through the record label Still Woozy Productions Inc., under exclusive license to Interscope RecordsGamsky grew up in Moraga, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began recording his own music at the age of 13.

He has a signature sound that is truly irresistible; effortlessly fuses R&B, pop and funk. He’s also just a wacky artist who always has amazing visuals. Check out his last video for his song Window (where he samples Marvin Gaye) to see what I mean. He’s truly just an overall creative who makes fun music that makes you swoon. He also recently shared a dope cover of Tame Impala’sThe Less I Know, The Better.”

Still Woozy makes awesome psychedelic pop music and you may know him from his dreamy track “Goodie Bag” which has over 120m streams on Spotify.

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