The Lumineers were a member of our Fresh Faces back in 2012. They were the breakout band of 2012 with their self-titled debut album. Countless commercials, TV shows and movies played various songs from their album.
Now the Denver based band is back to capture lighting in a bottle again. Based off their first single ‘Ophelia,’ they haven’t changed their sound up a lot. Which in this case is a good thing. If it isn’t broken, why fix it. Clocking in at two minutes and forty seconds, ‘Ophelia’ sounds like it could be a B-side to their previous work. It’s equip with their signature toe tapping and head nodding harmony.
The band’s follow up to their self-titled debut is called ‘Cleopatra’ and was recorded with producer Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Avett Brothers) at The Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, New York. It’s set to arrive on April 8 and you can listen to ‘Ophelia,’ below via Spotify.
Fresh Face of 2016 artist and Atlanta singer Gallant releases a silky new record called ‘Skipping Stones’ featuring Jhene Aiko. The single is produced by Adrian Younge, co-produced by Stint in Venice, CA for Red Bull Sound Select. The track will be available for purchase February 5th.
‘Skipping Stones’ premiered on Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record In The World’ and is the second Gallant track to get that honor. The first being 2015 summer time hit ‘Weight In Gold.’ On ‘Skipping Stones,’ Gallant hits a falsetto that is unrivaled by anybody we’ve heard in a while (where you at Frank Ocean?) and blends perfectly with Aiko’s carefree vocals about heartache and learned lessons. This duet is dedicated to “the lonely ones this Valentine’s Day,” Gallant tells The FADER.
The Atlanta singer will be performing at Coachella in April and is one of our Fresh Faces of 2016 (What, we said that already).
Listen to the track below.]]>
Leon Bridges’ video for ‘River’ has some of the most powerful imagery we’ve seen in a while from a music video. With all the violence and grim news we get from the real world there is always hope. That hope may not be Leon Bridges jamming out in a motel room. It might be you hugging your love one when they are washing dishes, you picking up your young child or it just could be you getting sprayed during a garden hose baptism.
Check out what Leon Bridges had to say below and watch the video above.
Leon Bridges: “A river has historically been used in gospel music as symbolism for change and redemption. My goal was to write a song about my personal spiritual experience. It was written during a time of real depression in my life and I recall sitting in my garage trying to write a song which reflected this struggle. I felt stuck working multiple jobs to support myself and my mother. I had little hope and couldn’t see a road out of my reality. The only thing I could cling to in the midst of all that was my faith in God and my only path towards baptism was by way of the river.
When thinking about how to best visually represent this universal battle, I reflected on the depiction of black communities in our media and particular experiences within my own life. This video showcases the unique struggle many black men and women face across this country. However, unlike the captured images which tend to represent only part of the story, I wanted to showcase that through all the injustice, there’s real hope in the world.
I want this video to be a message of light. I believe it has the power to change and heal those that are hurting.” [via Facebook]]]>
The third song to be shared off Matt Corby’s debut album Telluric is ‘Knife Edge.’ It follows Sooth Lady Wine and Monday, and can be streamed below and will be available Friday 5th February.
Currently wrapping up a sell out tour of the US and Canada before heading across the pond to start another national tour in April and May in support of Telluric. Matt Corby will kick it off in Oz on Tuesday the 12th of April. You can expect Corby performing songs from the album as well as his previous 4 (or is it 5) EPs.
While releasing the song on through social media Matt had this to say, “Knife Edge is one of the most intentional songs on the record. You might even call it upbeat. It was written in the same little house in Berry where I wrote Monday and the rest of the record.”
Tuesday, April 12 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Wednesday, April 13 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Wednesday, April 20 – QPAC Theatre, Brisbane
Thursday, April 28 – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Sunday, May 1 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Monday, May 2 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Tuesday, May 5 – Riverside Theatre, Perth
The Roots have just announced the lineup for the 2016 edition of their annual Philadelphia festival, The Roots Picnic. Set to be headlined by Usher (backed by the Roots), Leon Bridges, and Future, the June 4 fest will also feature performances by Blood Orange, Kehlani, Jidenna, DMX, Migos, Metro Boomin, Anderson .Paak, Willow Smith, and more. The entire lineup poster is below; tickets will be on sale this Friday, February 5, at 12:00 p.m. EST.
The Roots Picnic is an annual sold-out affair that kicks off the summer festival season. Last year’s bill featured the likes of The Weeknd and A$AP Rocky. In previous years, performers at The Roots Picnic have included: The Black Keys, John Legend, Janelle Monae, TV on the Radio, Nas, Vampire Weekend, Kid Cudi, Public Enemy, Gnarls Barkley, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Gary Clark Jr., James Murphy (DJ set), Rakim and many more.
FULL LINE-UP IS AS FOLLOWS:
Usher (backed by The Roots)
Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals
Everyday People feat DJ Moma
Lil Uzi Vert
Now that January has come and gone we take a look back at our Albums in Rotation for January 2016. The list includes music from the late great David Bowie, Aftermath signee Anderson .Paak, Wet’s latest effort, King Push’s album from December, Sia, and St. Lucia’s sophomore effort.
Stream all the albums below via the good ol folks at Spotify.
Take note of Lion Babe because you are looking at the future of R&B. Which is one of the key reasons they made our Fresh Faces of 2016 list. At first glance they have a very similar feel to AlunaGeorge and Quadron, (singer/producer duo), but each of these groups are very different thanks to their sound.
The video for ‘Where Do We Do’ has singer Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman showing affection to each other in the streets of New York’s Chinatown and hanging out in some cool locations in Chinatown, namely an arcade out there. ‘Where Do We Go’ is off of Lion Babe’s debut album Begin (Polydor / Outsiders) which is due this Friday, February 5th.
Get some hair envy and fall in love with Lion Babe below.]]>
Another week another single from Majid Jordan. If you’re keeping track, it’s been four weeks in a row that the Toronto duo have released another free pre-order song off their self titled debut album. The OVO signed group will be dropping that highly anticipated album Friday, February 5th. Their latest single “Day and Night follows “King City,” “Learn From Each Other,” & last week’s “Every Step Every Way.”
Take a listen to the track below and make sure you tune into Saturday’s episode of OVO Sound Radio to hear the duo.
Pre-order their album on iTunes now, and snag yourself a copy of the track.]]>
HONNE recently released their third EP ‘Gone are the Days.’ The British duo has been around for two years and their progression as artist makes them definitely deserve the term “one of those artist you have to watch.”
Their is so much warmth and smoothness in this song with an element of cheesiness “getting frisky girl, until three o’ clock” that makes us love this song. We dare you not to turn up your office headphones or home speakers to ‘3am.’
Have a listen below and then make sure you scoop up some tickets to see them headlining Electric Brixton on March 3.
You can purchase Gone Are The Days in three different formats: iTunes, vinyl, or CD, but please take note that the last two options are exclusive to Japan, which is why the price is so high.]]>
Sibling talented trio James Davis is primed for a buzz filled year, already a part of our Fresh Faces lineup, the siblings have released a new project in the form of four songs. “Here It Go” is the second EP released from the band. You can stream everything in full below. Hopefully we can get a full on debut album before the year is out.]]>