Hailing from London, the singer, producer, and lyricist Sinah (pronounced Xena) has been compared to the likes of Grimes, Nicolas Jaar, and Bonobo. Sinah's debut single "Just Ok" via Noise Praise is officially available November 11th. Her remix to "Breezeblocks" by Alt-J is killer (you can listen to it here). You can also check out her EP, Nobody Knows to hear more and her debut album is set to be released sometime in the near future!
Warpaint, the LA four-piece composed of Emily Kokal (vocals, guitar), Theresa Wayman (vocals, guitar), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass, vocals) amd Stella Mozgawa (drums, keys, vocals) released their debut EP, Exquisite Corpse back in 2008 followed by their debut album, The Fool in 2010. Warpaint's new self-titled sophomore album is out January 21 via Rough Trade and you can listen to its title track, "Love Is To Die" below.
New York alt-R&B duo ASTR (Zoe and Adam) released their debut single, "Operate" to widespread acclaim. The duo gained even more attention with their cover of Drake's "Hold On We're Going Home" (which you can listen to below). Take a listen to "R U With Me" an original from the dynamic twosome.
The song “R U With Me” sounds like a love song to me but you recently said it has a much darker undertone. What’s the song about.
A: Well, really, it’s about….
Z: A dysfunctional love.
A: Yes, a dysfunctional love.
Z: And how you’re in something that is maybe not the healthiest thing for you, but you’re like “please just be with me I’ll do anything to stay with you!” even though we’re hurting each other and this is not healthy. So if you actually go into the lyrics, it’s actually like they are not good for each other but they’re heartless for each other – they will go on forever. -Mostly Junk Food.
Los Angeles native, Steffaloo (Stephanie Thompson) self-released her debut album, Meet Me In Montauk in 2011, followed by her sophomore album, Would You Stay via Mush Records in 2012. She has collaborated with Blackbird Blackbird, Sun Glitters, Teen Daze, XXYYXX & Chrome Sparks. "You're Not There" is her newest single from her upcoming album, Heart Beats out October 29th.
I really think that that is a huge thing for a lot of listeners today. People need to feel that their musicians are right there, speaking to them, and that you’re that artist.
Jeff Buckley once said; “Music comes from a very primal twisted place. When a person sings, their body, their mouth, their eyes, their words, their voice says all these unspeakable things that you really can’t explain but that mean something anyway. People are completely transformed when they sing or when they make love. But it’s a weird thing; at the end of the night, I feel strange because I feel I’ve told everybody all of my secrets." -In Your Speakers.
Hailing from Michigan, singer-songwriter Alex Winston moved to the Big Apple to work with the production duo The Knocks. Alex released two EP's- The Basement Covers and Sister Wife via The Knocks' record label Heavy Roc Music. In 2011, she signed toIsland Records and released her debut album, King Con. "101 Vultures" is her newest single released on her own Rat Rizzo Records imprint.
"I don't mean to be so crass about the situation but it's easier than breaking down... In a sea of motherfuckers, man, you were no salvation, face it."
The Sounds are set to release their fifth studio album, WEEKEND on October 29th. The lead single, "Weekend" from the Swedish indie rock band is quite fitting for this Friday when Maja Ivarsson sings, "I live for the weekend baby..." Happy Friday ya'll!
Following their previous shout out on WHERE MY GIRLS AT? with their cover of "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards" by Tama Impala, Say Lou Lou has released a new track, "Better In The Dark" via Columbia Records. "Better In The Dark" also features a B-side titled, "Beloved"- both tracks are samples from the twin sister's debut album set to be released in 2014.
We are all about hope and passion. What do these words mean to you, your music and your vision?
Both hope and passion are critical when you’re a musician. You hope that things will go your way, and that people will understand your vision. You need passion to keep creating music. -Nothing But Hope and Passion.
Sydney-based indie/folk band Little May is another incredible talent from Down Under. The Australian trio featuring Hannah Field (vocals), Liz Drummond (guitar and vocals) and Annie Hamilton (guitar, banjo, and back vocals) released their debut single, "Boardwalks" this past summer. "Hide" is their most recent track- both "Boardwalks" and "Hide" are from their debut self-titled EP, set to be released next month.
Where did the name Little May come from?
L: We were trying to think of a name for ages, and then I was told by a friend that bands come up with their names by using the first few letters of their pet’s names.
A: I’ve never heard that before.
L: Well, that’s what we did. Hannah and I were obsessed with our dogs at the time, so I took Tilly and Maggie, and shuffled the letters and came up with Little May.
A: Coming up with band name is hard, because they always sound so dumb.
H: I still question Little May because I wonder, “Is it too pretty?” -FBI Radio.
Australia's art pop duo Ginger & the Ghost (Missy and Daniel) recently released a new single titled, "The Mark of Hearts." They released their debut EP, One Type of Dark earlier this year- the single "One Type of Dark" is one of my favorite tracks released in 2013 along with the fabulous Ta-ku remix of the song. Their music blends the light and the darkness, victory and defeat, tension and release, effortlessly incorporating the dichotomies of human experience into an ethereal synthesis of sounds.
"Everyone always says that it’s really pretty and light, but that there’s a lot of darkness in there as well. I guess that comes from our roots and our inspirations musically. We love Sigur Ros and Radiohead and Bjork. The darkness and macabre elements come from within, but also from our influences." -FBI Radio.
Nashville-based Chelsea Lankes has released a new single, “Ghost,” the latest from Chelsea since 2012's Ringing Bell EP. "Ghost" is the first single from her upcoming sophomore EP, Lucid- set to be released in February 2014. Looking forward to hearing what else this talented pop songstress has to offer!
How did did you get into music?
"From a very young age, I was exposed to music and the joy of learning and creating. My mom had me take piano lessons when 7 and then I got a guitar when I was in high school and that’s when I started trying to write songs. I had always had a passion for writing, whether it be poetry, short stories, I just love the thrill of creating something completely original- twisting words, rhymes… and that turned into challenging myself in the songwriting realm. But really from the beginning, I’ve always recognized the essence of what music is, how it makes me feel, how it’s a catalyst to creating a memory or an important element to an experience in life. Music is so subjective and thus, it affects us all differently- but that is the wonderful part about it! Somehow the sum is always greater than the parts, and I’ve always wanted to be a part of that miracle."-PARX-E.