Today, Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter Will Fraker premieres his cover of Swedish duo Roxette’s ballad “It Must Have Been Love” via PopMatters. The track release coincides with the launch of Headroom dB’s new cover series. “Headroom dB is doing something special by allowing a wide range of artists to re-interpret legendary songs in ways that feel true to themselves, and to the moment,” says Fraker, “when I heard ‘It Must Have Been Love,’ I knew right away that it was the one.
Recently featured in Billboard’s “The Next 10 Under 21: Which Young Artists Are Coming Up Next?” feature, Bhad Bhabie – f.k.a. Danielle Bregoli – made history when her debut single, “These Heaux,” arrived on Billboard’s “Hot 100” last August, establishing the Florida-based 14-year-old as the youngest female rapper to ever debut on the chart in its long, estimable history. The track peaked at #1 on both Spotify’s Viral US and Global Charts and now boasts over 26 million streams and counting on the platform. What’s more, the “These Heaux” companion visual exploded into infamy with two million views in its first 24 hours online, with total views now over 60 million at YouTube alone.
Lil Boii Kantu – ‘Unfold’ Video
One of the hottest new artists from Los Angeles, singer/songwriter/producer Lil Boii Kantu releases a new visual to his highly touted Rock/Pop record “Unfold” produced by Crowley. Music Video directed by Out Here Visuals. Unfold is a single off Kantu’s debut EP “Sinners & Saints”. Lil Boii Kantu is fresh breath of air to the new alternative sound. @LilBoiiKantu
ATL Spark Plug Lil Reek Teams with Brodinski For the Boisterous “Rock Out”
An endless font of energy and charisma, ATL’s Lil Reek is a fascinating presence and a promising emcee. Teaming up with French DJ/Producer Brodinski for an aggro-trap banger, Lil Reek shares “Rock Out,” his new single. Running roughshod over a pulsating and heavy house-influenced beat, the high school senior Lil Reek proclaims his rap supremacy, spitting violent threats toward inferior rappers and lames of all stripes and sizes. Directed by Kim Chapiron, a founder of the Kourtrajmé collective along with Romain-Gavras, the video takes a stylishly lo-fi look at Lil Reek’s life, following him driving around the neighborhood, partying with his block in the yard, and hanging out in his crib with a pet snake. “Rock Out” is the first single from Graduation, Lil Reek’s upcoming EP, which features production from Brodinski, Chase The Money, and Mister Tweeks.
Gang of Four’s “Lucky”
Complicit is following up 2015s critically acclaimed album What Happens Next, during which Gang of Four were championed by artists as diverse as St Vincent, James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, Pharrell Williams and Frank Ocean, the latter whom sampled the band on “Blonde”. A live album Live… In The Moment was released in 2016.
Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and pop sensation ZØYA makes her directorial debut dropping her powerful new music video for single, “Chaos in My Head.” In this deeply personal track, ZØYA addresses her endless struggle with depression and anxiety. Despite dealing with darkness, her songs are for those who need encouragement or a positive vibe throughout their day. ZØYA is a fighter who uses her music as therapy in the truest form. Here’s what she had to say about the track’s inspiration,
“My feelings were bottled up, I was emotionally cut off from people around me, and felt alone because of what was going on in my head that I wasn’t able to share with my friends and family.”
Changeling is a 3-part song series, using the folkloric trope of the changeling, in which a child is stolen by fairies and replaced with an imposter, to explore feelings of alienation from the self and the familiar that characterize early adulthood. They don’t follow a strict narrative, so much as trace different points in the evolution of that psychic experience. The imagery is heavily grounded in the landscape of the Hudson Valley, where the artist was raised. It was recorded in Carmel, NY, where it was engineered and co-produced by Rees Shad in his own studio. The orchestral strings were arranged in a collaboration with Juliet Quick, Rees Shad, and Nathan Kamal.
Introducing Sydney band Retrograde with release of You. Me. Sanity
Sydney three-piece Retrograde are set to become one of the most talked-about newcomers on the Australian music scene, having honed their craft since early 2017 and creating a sound that they are really proud of. Now, the band are finally gearing up for the release of their debut single on March 6 titled ‘You. Me. Sanity’, a track well worth waiting for.
TAANA ROSE Releases ‘Unexpected Love’ Single
Unexpected Love explores how one sometimes gives up on life and love and then out of the blue, an unexpected love comes along and changes your life for the better. It’s about surrendering to life’s bigger plan and coming to the realisation that we are not in control; and that there is a higher power that one must learn to surrender to. A collaboration between Taana Rose and Matt Sorensen, Unexpected Love saw Taana writing the lyrics and vocal melody while Matt produced the track. The vocals were recorded at ArtofAudio in Byron Bay, Australia, while the instrumental track was produced at Matt Sorensen’s personal studio.
Riton & Kah-Lo unveil official video for hit single ‘Fake ID’
Grammy nominated duo Riton and Kah-Lo have unveiled the official video release for their rumbling club floorfiller, ‘Fake ID’, which has gained almost 3 million streams on Spotify since its release. Released on Riton’s Riton Time label, the track sees the highly in-demand pair, who have amassed over 50 million streams on previous releases together, blend their talents to form a stomping house hit which has already received heavy support from BBC Radio 1, most notably from Annie Mac.
AEREN Build Themselves Up For The ‘Breakthru’
The artwork has been created by Marcile Powers and it represents a Buddhist mandala, which is the symbolic representation of the universe. Based on the various and eclectic combination of music and colors, it is the perfect synthesis of the different sides of our lives which are all entwined together. The name of the album is inspired by the Queen’s song, Breakthru, the word is used in order to mean “a step forward” for the band and in their way of making music.
Fairhazel shares new video for 7×7 (via Communion Singles Club)
Fairhazel is the moniker of London-based musical nomad Hugh Macdonald, who releases 7×7, his exciting debut effort, as part of Communion’s Singles Club.
Raised in Cape Town, London and Paris, Fairhazel takes inspiration from the many different cultures surrounding him during his youth. The cobbled streets of Paris, the openness of Cape Town, the introversion of London – all this feeds into his music, which blurs genre lines, combining both minimalist production and expansive instrumentation.
Garden City Movement Release Single ‘Before I Fall’
Musically the album’s dream-like vocals, cinematic-RnB and leftfield house mask the darker side of the lyrics; exploring the breakdown of a fading relationship and the depression, loneliness and abuse that follows. The band explain: “Before I Fall” is based on a real story ten years ago about a young couple who broke up. A year later, while she was at a Miss Universe beauty contest, he decided to go and walk on the railway with his back to the trains, until one hit him. This story and real life mixed while working on the album.”
BROODS’ Georgia Nott Debuts Music Video For “Won’t Hurt” From ‘The Venus Project’
BROODS’ Georgia Nott has shared the music video for “Won’t Hurt,” the first single from her all-female collaboration, “The Venus Project.” Directed by Morgan Gruer, Georgia explains, “The video tells a narrative of how my own memories and experiences have shaped me. Who I was when I was a child and the things that I felt. The things I thought were breaking me were building me. I have a very close relationship with my old soul. When I dig deep, I always find the answer I’m looking for in her. Some people will think it’s ridiculous, but it gives me comfort to imagine myself to never be alone in my body and mind. I wanted the video to tell a story of where I have been in myself but also depict the universal emotions of being a human being. The ever-evolving internal monologue that comes from our growing self-awareness and the importance of letting ourselves express these moments, good and bad, externally as well.”
Alternative Press premiere video for Final Stair’s “Morning Dew”
“Morning Dew” is the first taste of blood brother trio Final Stair’s upcoming album “Spectator”. Since making waves internationally with “Over The Top” in 2016, and its inclusion in the soundtrack for acclaimed Netflix series Cable Girls, siblings Istvan and Denes and newest band member André are ready to take their creative vision to the next level. The single “Morning Dew” delves into the tale of a woman thrown into turmoil, twisting and unraveling with every breath. The official video was premiered live on Alternative Press.
AP LIVE PREMIERE: FINAL STAIR – “Morning Dew”
Posted by Alternative Press on Monday, March 5, 2018
Commenting on the track, the band elaborate: “’Sunday’ is a favorite of ours in the album. It’s a little cruiser of a song meant to make you feel all the good things. Lyrically, it’s about feeling like Sunday is a pretty lonely day sometimes.”