Updated: May 16, 2022
Marcus Smith - She Don’t Care
Cleveland, OH, United States
Marcus Smith is a rapper, singer, and songwriter born and raised in Cleveland, OH. After 15 years in hip-hop bands Black & Broke and SANKURO, Smith is now navigating the music scene as a solo artist.
Smith is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. This track is brilliant! We loved it so much over at TJPL NEWS that we had to crown him Number 1 this week. Starting with piano when he was 14, he learned a new instrument each summer for ﬁve years, including guitar, bass, ukulele, and drums. Some of his favorite artists and biggest influences include Childish Gambino, Bruno Mars, Lenny Kravitz, Weird Al Yankovic, and Hanson. After a summer musician residency at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and being featured on multi-platinum recording artist Asher Roth's album, The Greenhouse Effect Vol. 3, Smith kept his creativity flowing and crafted a 15 track album that fuses elements of hip-hop, rock, pop, funk and soul into a genre-bending experience to quench your musical thirst. The first single from Marcus Smith's upcoming album is titled She Don't Care, an upbeat UK Garage track reminiscent of early 00’s Craig David records, will be released May 4th on all streaming platforms. Its based off of a tweet from a friend nearly a decade ago that reads "She only sleeps when the sun rises, the birds chirp, and the traffic starts."
Super Fëmmes - Everybody’s Free
Super Fëmmes is a newly started Swedish girl band presenting powerful and edgy, yet traditional and glamorous, pop music that blurs the lines between a wide variety of influences. The line-up consists of the 90’s pop icons Emilia Mitiku, Therese ”Drömhus” Grankvist, Denise ”DeDe” Lopez, and Mia Schotte & Josefine Willers from the duo Miio. The members are all professional musicians who have reached significant individual successes in the 90’s, and now they have joined their super forces to continue making quality music that inspires their audience. As recently announced, the group is releasing a stunning rendition of “Everybody’s Free,” originally made famous by Rozalla. This Super Fëmmes version is energetic and fun, combining dance and pop vibes with lots of personality from the talented and charismatic members of this all-female group.
Hanna Söderberg - Gravity
Hanna Söderberg is back with a brand new studio release: Gravity. April 2022 - Hanna is an artist and songwriter who recently managed to set the bar higher when it comes to innovative music that explores different styles. Recently, Hanna has announced a fantastic new release named Gravity, which is really all about displaying her unique background and her distinctive prowess as a songwriter and composer alike. There is something truly special about how she makes so many different influences collide into something special, and the quality of this release is most definitely not going to let you down, especially if you like old-school sounds with a more distinctive vibe, that still has a modern touch. Hanna’s music should definitely be anyone’s cup of tea, especially perfect for fans of artists such as Dua Lipa, Halsey, Billie Eilish and Clairo, only to mention a few. What makes the sound of this artist special is her ability to take some classic sounds and influences, and reinvent them into a unique sound that’s more personal and one-of-a-kind.
Curious Mind - To The Edge
With his debut release ‘To The Edge’, Curious Mind is aiming to carve his way into the electronic music scene. Combining both emotions and melodies to create an uplifting production that conveys the feeling of wanting someone so bad, it feels like everything around you fades away. The track opens with a mesmerizing buildup leading up to the first euphoric drop featuring big synths and effortless vocals lines. For the second drop, Curious Mind switches to a more up-tempo climax to keep the listeners engaged. This track really got me thinking! Go check it out!
Frank Bramble - Serotonin
Birmingham, United Kingdom
The penultimate release in his waterfall that has been going on since January. Serotonin is Frank truly stepping up his game to the next level. With the intertwining of an Amen breakbeat, Frank is pushing boundaries, with Drum and Bass, indie and Hip-Hop. This High energy infusion, features AmberClxre, a 21 year old songwriter, vocalist and performer who's looking to break into a more dance orientated field of music. Defo check out the talent here!
Remy Neal - Grey Sky Blue
Huntsville, United States
Remy Neal brings soul to this dance track. Bouncing expressive melodies are backed by piano pop rhythms, that weave together to make an uplifting track. The spirit of this artist and the track leaves an impression on the listeners. Currently based in Huntsville, Alabama, Remy has performed all over the country with highlights being venues like Lipstick Lounge (Nashville), Town Hall (NYC), Don't Tell Momma (NYC and Las Vegas), Mars Music Hall (Huntsville) and has worked with artists Kristen Ford, The Blam Blams, and Jason Robert Brown. His debut record was produced by Kristen Ford and Jeremy Stephens with Clearwave Studios (Derek Trucks, Alabama Shakes, Jason Isbell) and was mastered at Abbey Road Studios. He is signed with Bentley Records and his first full length is slated to release October 6th, 2022. Great track, go check it out.
DJ Chillz - Adebowale
London, United Kingdom
London-based DJ and producer and Dash Radio resident, DJ Chillz recently released her EP “Adebowale” on Sonic Continuum. She built a reputation as a renowned club DJ before making her producing debut in 2017. Her passion for blending afrobeat, R&B, and house music inspired her to try her hand at production. Her sound regularly appears and gets support on the airwaves of BBC1 Xtra, Capital Xtra and Reprezent.Radio. "Adebowale" is a body of work that took her 2 years to craft: as part of the LGBT community, she DJ'd at various events such as UK Black Pride and held a residency at Bootylicious London. The EP is thought to resonate and further empower the community in having more visible BAME and LGBT individuals like herself.
We Hate Records - Chronicles Of Electronicals
London, United Kingdom
We Hate Records sent us their 9 track release titled 'Chronicles of Electronicals'. This is an experimental collection of tracks that are rooted in electronic, EDM and ambient sounds. The album opens with 'Ma Bones', where we're given the beat of a strong kick drum along with a shaker. A melodic key synth then joins with the occasional vocal chops before the introduction of fuller male vocals. "Gotta feel it in my bones" is sung in varying ways on repeat. This track makes so many interesting twists and turns in the productive elements and use of instrumentalisation. Bass synths, strings, 80s-inspired key synths, percussion loops, vocal chops, house-inspired bass rhythms - You name it, I'm sure it's found somewhere in this mix! The vocals take a turn and we're given the vocals of indie rock and when combined with the electronic elements of this track I find it pretty amazing. Their creative flair is incredibly inspiring and has taught me a thing to two about creativity! This track extends to 5:49 in length and holds its own all the way through in its twists and turns. Check out full review in our featured artist section!
DJ Andy de Gage' - Tokyo - EP REVIEW
DJ Andy de Gage´ is a deejay and producer for melodic house and techno who resides and lives in Germany. The German producer releases his first EP that contains two tracks called 'Tokyo' and 'Shangai'. These two musical pieces will please lovers of progressive, melodic techno. 'Tokyo' EP by Andy de Gage is available worldwide via 'Sounds Of Krafted' & Beatport. This is a project of much skill, many elements and a true testament to what progressive techno should sound like. I'm not a massive fan of techno but this project is one that I really enjoyed so thank you!
Dylan Tauber - He Loves Carmen
Dylan Tauber is emerging as one of the most exciting, consistent, and cerebral electronic producers in the game. Crossing every digitally created genre, into an indescribable dream of colorful electronica, Tauber’s music dips and bleeds into an ambient, chill, lounge, trance, electro, as well as the deep melodic house. His latest album release, inspired by his girlfriend, is entitled, “He Loves Carmen”. Across the 14-track duration of the recording, there is a lot going on.Dylan Tauber is a skillful master of his sound, with a feel to his productions that have the versatility to fit in pretty much anywhere. Whether you're on a long journey, in the club, or studying this is an album you definitely need to hear. Use the streaming link below to hear it. 10/10 from T.