OPTIMYSTIC – “MADD RUSH” FT. ONYX & JR
Australian emcee OptiMystic presents his new video “Madd Rush” which features Onyx & JR. Shot down under in Australia , the hardcore track is lifted from his double album; “Day of the Guiding Light / Followed by the shadow”.
OptiMystic has been manifesting dreams, making connections and spreading his vibe the only way he knows how… with raw love and hard-core positivity! His passion and extreme addiction to the art of rap has lead him on an amazing journey from childhood to the present moment. In 2005 he released his debut ‘ReVamp’ an independent release that featured Grammy award-winning superstar Speech from Arrested Development.
Pale Hands releases fan-made video for “Dress Casual”
Boston’s Pale Hands released sophomore album, Graphism on Nov 18, a week after the presidential election. Rethinking their plan in promoting the album, the band issued a statement that any remaining promotional budget, tour funds and proceeds from the album would be donated to a list of non-profit organizations. Upon hearing this, a fan from Columbia (Ethereal Dreams) decided to make a video for the band’s lead track, “Dress Casual”.
Wordsmith – “Living Life Check To Check”
Wordsmith is the always-professional, ever-expanding, world-wide movement based out of Baltimore, MD. His mission is to entertain and educate through a Message of Purpose, and always by example relate that message through clean, quality, and marketable
Music for the Masses.
The emcee from Baltimore looks to represent his city on national and international stages with his Conscious-Commercial Hip-Hop and theatrical stage shows. Free of profanity, full of message driven content and fun for all ages Wordsmith’s music is considered
blue collar to the core.
AURORA, who has amassed over 108 million streams on Spotify and over 62 million YouTube views, released her debut LP in March and made a splash this year performing at festivals including Panorama and Lollapalooza where USA Today declared, “the 20-year-old Norwegian stands above with elegant ambience.”
About Everything Melts Vol. II: Contrary to what the world wants you to think, the holiday season sort of sucks. It’s not just the usual stresses associated with these end of the year celebrations—the pressures of present-buying and complicated travel commitments, the tense family dinners and surreal work gatherings, consumerism’s relentless tug-of-war with religion; it’s also the frigid weather, the perpetual darkness, the icy sidewalks and silver skies, the salt-stained buildings and gutters of grey slush.
SEE?: Unclassifiable NYC Act
The unclassifiable lunatic collective SEE? – formed by current/former members of Netherlands, Spacehog, Bangladeafy, Pseudo/Sentai, Cibo Matto, Seabrook Power Plant, Needle Driver, Die Trommel Fatale, Joan As Police Woman, Bassoon, Sugarlife, and more – is now streaming their entire Lighteninging On Your Thames album, days ahead of its release through Nefarious Industries this Friday.
GRACE VANDERWAAL – “BEAUTIFUL THING” LYRIC VIDEO
Twelve-year-old singer/songwriter and America’s Got Talent Season 11 champion Grace VanderWaal has unveiled the official lyric video for her song “Beautiful Thing” today – watch it HERE. “Beautiful Thing” is a gorgeous ballad written by Grace about her sister Olivia and their unbreakable bond. To make the video even more special, the lyrics floating on the screen in the video were handwritten by Olivia herself.
Jesse Daniel Smith – ‘I Almost Went To College And Got A Job’
The first track to be taken from his upcoming new album, this track is is a hugely anticipated release for Jesse with almost 1,000,000 individual listeners on Spotify in 2016 and over 15 years worth of play time on his previous releases this year alone!
With a dedicated and ever-growing army of devoted fans, Jesse returns to his Folk roots with an inspirational track about pursuing your dreams even when it seems like everything is against you. Adored for his sincere lyrics and heartfelt delivery, which are certainly not absent with ‘I Almost Went To College And Got A Job’ – this track is very much the sound of an artist hitting their stride.
The New York-based TELOCH VOVINcoven began the Psalms Ov Khaos singles series on the 2015 Winter Solstice, having released a new song in the sequence on each changing of the seasons since. The intent of the series is to shed further Black Light upon the electronic and ambient instrumentation and ritualistic elements of the band’s primal, occult black metal attack. The Psalms Ov Khaos series will continue, with new tracks being issued on the current quarterly seasonal shift schedule throughout the coming months until all eleven individual Psalms are released. This is when TELOCH VOVIN will amass the works onto a physical package, which will include individual pieces of art work for each Psalm for a disorientating dance with divine madness.
SONYAÉ ELISE + LIL YACHTY “U WAS WRONG”
/Sonyaé Elise consistently amazes us with her soulful raspy voice, witty lyrics and charismatic attitude. The New Jersey songstress hopped on Yachty’s “Rewind” and put a female twist on it with,”U Was Wrong” the remix. Sonyaé voice perfectly harmonizes the hook and gives listeners the feeling of unrequited love. While Yachty sings a tale of of a breakup and regrets, Sonyaé sounds like a woman fed up.
German platinum-selling DJ & Producer Felix Jaehn and British singer/song writer RHODES are ready to present the stunning new single ‘Your Soul (Holding On)’, out now via B1 Recordings | Sony Music.
Felix Jaehn’s blissful reimagining of RHODES’ single ‘Your Soul’ takes the soaring ballad and injects an up-tempo pulsating groove to his version. ‘Your Soul (Holding On)’ is laden with playful piano chords and throbbing club rhythms bound together by RHODES’ tender vocal.
Donna The Buffalo On Tour In Their New Bus Throughout Eastern States
Donna the Buffalo’s old school purple tour bus was well known to The Herd across the country. After over a decade of service and after delivering the band safely to thousands of gigs, they decided it is time to retire their beloved purple Eagle tour bus and they just successfully funded a new tour bus through GoFundMe raising over $85,000 in just a few weeks!
Being on the road since 1989, the band spends nearly half the year on the bus and they put 1 million miles on the original engine traveling from coast to coast; from their home in Trumansburg on down to Suwannee, from MerleFest to Mcdowell Mountain, from Blue Heron to Grand Targhee, and every fine venue in between. Over mountains, through valleys, across plains, and desert, their bus enables Donna the Buffalo to share their music with you all. “We thank you all for your continued support, love, and friendship. It means the world to us. We can’t do this without you and we can’t thank you enough. Peace and Love Always,” says Donna the Buffalo.
Hear the acoustic/pop-punk “Merry Christmas, I Miss You” by Farewell For Now
Syracuse-based acoustic act Farewell For Now has released his debut single “Merry Christmas, I Miss You” just in time to tug at your holiday heartstrings. The creative force behind the project, singer/songwriter Matheus Amado, says the song was inspired after someone unexpectedly came back into his life.
“It’s kind of a long lost song,” says Amado. “The idea is centered around the idea that you loved someone long ago and that person comes back into your life as a completely different person.”
Diana Hickman “Room With No Ceiling”
Fusing threads of soul, R&B and pop, NYC-based vocalist Diana Hickman emerges with her new single, “Room With No Ceiling,” from her debut EP, set for release on March 3, 2017. The track recently premiered exclusively with Songwriting Magazine.
Rohan Coorey – ‘New Years Folk Song’
Rohan Cooray started his musical career as a church organist in St. Anne’s Church, Beruwala, Sri Lanka. During his illustrious career, he has composed several Christmas carols that are broadcasted in Sri Lanka during the festive season every year – a monumental achievement for any calibre of singer/songwriter. Now he solely writes lyrics and composes music for pop music.
Since 2005, The FADER has published the annual, definitive, year-end mega-list LISTMANIA, celebrating the best and worst of music, culture, the internet, and beyond. Check out LISTMANIA 2016 here.
This year LISTMANIA is accompanied by a series of videos featuring members of The FADER’s editorial staff giving their thoughts on everything from the year’s most culturally relevant artist and best songs on Anti to their favorite words and emojis of 2016.
Moments Till Fall Premiere New Video
As a band, Moments Till Fall has seen their share of ups and downs, however, they’re never willing to give up and are stronger than ever. The band is proud to premiere the video for the track, “Heisenberg & Pinkman”, which was written about one of those struggles they’ve encountered as a band.
In the past, the band experienced malicious individuals who tried to take over everything Vocalist Aric Brooks has worked to achieve. Brooks explains, “sometimes even the bond of brotherhood can be broken, but we aren’t going to let anything stop us from reaching our goals.”
Norwegian black metal icons MAYHEM are commemorating the release of their 1994 landmark De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas full-length. In celebration of its release, the band has self-issued De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Alive. Captured live in Norrköping, Sweden last year during the band’s headlining set at the Black Christmass Festival, the show marked MAYHEM’s first time ever playing De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas in full.
Aria Wunderland grew up in NYC’s upper west side, then moving to Teaneck, NJ where she found herself drawn to songwriting and the piano at the young age of 9. Staying close to the city (and the piano!) through college, Aria studied philosophy at Rutgers, routinely commuting into the city to record her first EP.
As she developed her craft, she started moving away from the pure singer-songwriter style. In search of a way to broaden her sound, she began learning Logic Pro, to add production to her music. “Music really helped me get through some dark times in my life,” says Aria. “It is an escape and an outlet. I write music for people to feel empowered, and never alone in their times of trouble.”
Kevin Andreas “Give It To Me”
Cast into the world with little more than his music and a strong will, Andreas slowly began reestablishing life on his own terms. Slowly growing upstate by teaching guitar lessons and learning audio engineering, at the age of 22 he was able to relocate to New York City and open his own recording studio in Williamsburg – his music began to blossom. He co-wrote and sang on A$AP Rocky’s breakout hit, “Peso.” He landed gigs performing as a side man with comedienne Sandra Bernhard. And he began performing regularly at New York City’s iconic Cafe Wha? as part of the house band. And he began his solo career in 2015 with his debut EP release, Technicolor Love.
After the smashing success of their Lorde of Legions EP, Philadelphia All-Star duo Bok Nero and Jahlil Beats receive the enormous remix package they deserve. “Hop Out Da Phantom” gets a crunchy trap rework from fellow Philly native Victor Niglio, a smooth downtempo offering from remix contest winner ROARY, and two nasty hybrid renditions from Sweet Teeth & Shizz Lo and Riot Ten & CYBRPNK. Bok and Jahlil’s ferocious single “No Problems” receives a unique minimal trap treatment from New Zealand’s QUIX before Castor Troy & Boy Bishop close out the bundle with a relentless electro interpretation. To celebrate the release, Bok premieres the official video for EP track “Stoop Kid” today on The FADER.
High Priest from Chicago, IL set out to do two things: play loud riffs and pay homage to all things classic heavy metal. And while they have only been together since the start of 2016, the members have been writing music together for over 15 years. One of those many projects being Like Rats (Southern Lord), of which they share two members.
High Priest’s debut EP Consecration was self produced, engineered and mixed by Pete Grossmann at his studio Bricktop Recording; stream it in its entirety today via CLRVYNT.
Greg Gilbert is known to many as the singer and guitarist of the band Delays and as an artist. To me, he is my fiancée, my joint adventurer through life but most importantly, the daddy to our two baby girls Dali (3) and Bay (1). He has recently been diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer that has spread to his lungs and to our horror has been told that the NHS is limited in what they can do to save him.
CHECK OUT BIG FREEDIA’S NEW VIDEO “MAKE IT JINGLE”
Just in time for the holiday season, Big Freedia, the Queen of Bounce has delivered a festive visual for her newly released single “Make It Jingle.” The Christmas party anthem is featured on the “Office Christmas Party” soundtrack. For more holiday jingles from the Queen of Bounce, check out Freedia’s Christmas EP “A Very Big Freedia Christmazz.”
“The dolls introduced in my video for “Girls Like You” are reunited in “Betsy’s Back,” along with some new friends. The tall girl is the video’s star. I found her at the Rose Bowl flea market. There she was, lying on a pile of partially dismembered vintage dolls. It was love at first sight. Her stare is so expressive, and even her toes wiggle. I shot the video in the mountains of Big Bear, standing in three feet of snow for the most part. It was definitely cold but I kept the dolls drunk on whiskey and they didn’t complain. That’s also probably why they had so much fun.”
– Daiana Feuer of Bloody Death Skull
Last week. Windy City-based atmospheric metal collective VARAHA unleashed their eagerly anticipated self-titled debut EP. Recorded by Nick Morgan and Mike Lust (Urge Overkill, Russian Circles, William Elliott Whitmore, Child Bite) and mixed and mastered by Adam K. Stilson (Airiel, Car Seat Headrest, Ritual Howls, Pink Frost, Radar Eyes) at Decade Music Studios, the three tracks comprising the EP includes guest appearances by Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Corrections House, Brain Tentacles et al) on saxophone and Josie Boyer (Round Rock Symphony Orchestra) on cello.
Malachiae Warren “Fake Love” Remix
After teasing his fans on social media for a week straight the wait is finally over . The Motown R&B sensation Malachiae Warren is back with another scorching new remix for the streets . In ” Fake friends ” Malachiae puts his own spin on the popular Drake record and reflects on dealing with phony companions and supporters ; a reality we can all relate to. Malachiae’s ” Fake friends ” freestyle has only been out for a few hours and has already become a sensation amongst his gargantuan social media following of over 220K followers. Checkout the music video directed by Urban Scope below.
Damned Pilots announce the release of their new cd Overgalaxy via Sliptrick Records (Dec 15th, 2016). Overgalaxy is a steam punk concept album. As drummer/founder Don Nutz says, ‘it’s built on the story of four cartoon characters, Don Nutz, Sgt Ote, Willer Hertz and Erik Space …aka The Damned Pilots. They travel through space in the year 2500 A.C. on a 1970’s hippy van customized to fight against their archenemy Gorguss and his evil empire’. The lyrics, written by Sgt Ote, are about love and hate, war and peace, past and future, rebellions against failed systems, all imbued with the sensibilities and humour of classic sci-fi b-movies.
The cd has been recorded at Track Terminal Studio in Trieste, Italy by Francesco Bardy, except ‘Just Another Day’ and ‘People Don’t Die’ which were recorded at Voodoosound Studios in Ijmuiden, Holland by Paul van Rijswijk. Overgalaxy is produced by Ron Goudie (Gwar, Death Angel, Poison) and mixed and mastered by legendary producer Bill Metoyer (W.A.S.P., Trouble, Slayer). The artwork has been made by Philippine graphic designer Uzi Emperado.
Manchester (UK) based lo-fi alternative folk inspired artist ‘James Kruman’ announces the release of his 10 track album ‘Twitch’.
Available in digital download or CD format from his Bandcamp page, the collection of tracks forming this independent release is a journey from the sonically bizarre to mournfully beautiful. Radiating with the subdued vocal-tone delivery of Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Lou Reed and Ian Curtis (Joy Division), the home recorded efforts of Kruman show the artist at is his most stark, humble and organic. Natural performances with an attitude to embrace nuances and imperfections. Lo-fi and minimalist.
Surprise! ROSEBUG is yet another punk band from Brooklyn, and they want you to hear their album. Perhaps they don’t have the most original origin story, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worth listening to. Their debut LP, Worst Way out noqNovember 11th via Dazzleships Records, is thirty minutes of distress and pretty petulance—wrapped up in a bow. The great thing about Rosebug, though? They’re in on the joke. By the time the words find the music, lead singer Becca Chodorkoff is already over it. Or, at the very least, she wants you to think that she is. Currently the band is sharing their buzzworthy new single, “He Doesn’t Know,” the follow-up to the critically acclaimed piece, “I Am The One.”
Worst Way was produced by Miles B.A. Robinson at a Bed-Stuy studio called The CRC. The space is owned by indie darlings, Chairlift, and frequented by the likes of Dev Hynes and MGMT. Rosebug’s current line-up consists of Becca Chodorkoff (vocals), Chris Nunez (guitar), Tarra Theissan (bass), and Drew Adler (drums). You’ll want to get to know this band, because, with Rosebug, it’s fun to be sad.