New Music: Samuel – These Days

Samuel These Days

Emerging Ireland-born, London-based singer/songwriter Samuel has us vibin’ out to his brand new single “These Days,” produced by fellow Londoner Kwes. The hypnotic drums and trickling chimes channel tropical waves while Samuel croons about a slow-burning romance.

“The song’s just about loving somebody and wishing them to be happy,” Samuel told The FADER. “Hoping that I can be a part of what makes them happy. Asking if I am. Being in love. Feeling vulnerable.

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New Music: Wolfie – Come Over


Emerging UK artist Wolfie is looking to make her mark in 2015. Following her 2014 EP ‘7DS,’ and buzzed about recent single “I Be Ghost,” the singer/songwriter returns with her second single of the year “Come Over.”

Portraying a lighter side to the London native, the sultry track shows off Wolfie’s talents in writing effective pop-R&B melodies, combining them with attention grabbing rhythmic changes. An example of which can be heard at the end of each verse as she sings, “I’ve got enough going on, fights on the phone, don’t wanna moan, B’s not at home, I’m on my own, my baby.”

The lively production from Levi Lennox perfectly complements Wolfie’s dulcet tone and laid-back style – accentuating the various subtle melodic changes throughout the track.

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New Music: Bassette – Cool Water


If you’re in a discovery mood take a second to check out emerging Bermudan singer-songwriter Bassette, currently signed to the UK based BGM Entertainment.

Bassette is working on her debut EP Midnight Sound, which is coming soon. The London native has shared 4 records off the project as a preview, including the standout “Cool Water.”

Bassette’s unique and mesmerizing tone simmers over the vibey production so complimentary the title is aptly fitting.

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Watch: Emerging Artist STELLA Releases “Switch” Video


We could tell you that STELLA is the daughter of legendary artist and musician Carlos Santana and that is reason enough for you to check her out, but that would kind of be doing her a disservice because she is dope in her own right, and doesn’t need any preconceived opinions on if and why you should feel her talent.

At 30 years-old STELLA only decided to make a push as an artist 2 years ago, enough she has been playing guitar and piano since she was five. Like many it was a serious heartbreak that brought her to this stage and inspired her to share her stories through music.

“‘Switch’ was the first song that I wrote after my break-up,” STELLA tells Billboard. “I didn’t have a melody or a beat for it yet; I just kind of wrote the lyrics out. It was cathartic. I remember sitting on the couch, and it took the whole day for it to come out of me. I was just sobbing, but there was a feeling inside me that kept me going. When my producers played me the beat I thought, ‘This is how I felt that day.’”

“Switch” is a collaboration with Sam Ahrendt and Don Steele, who go by the name Caswell, the same production duo behind the equally soulful track “Friends,” both of which will appear on STELLA’s upcoming debut album, Selfish, due in the fall of 2015. The video, directed by Taryn “Teek” Anderson, artfully takes viewers through a heartbreaking rollercoaster of identities with stuttering day-to-night footage of 24 hours in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

“I wanted to go through that first day when you wake up after you’ve broken up with someone and it hurts,” she says. “You think, ‘How am I going to go through this whole day?’ So it was about moving through those thoughts and emotions — do you call them back? Do you text him? Do you leave him alone? You can’t figure anything out so I wanted the video to show that pain. Then at the end, there’s a switch. You feel empowered after you realize ‘Wait, I made this decision, I chose to not be with you’ instead of just wondering ‘Why me?’”

Take a look at the video below:

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New Music: Keith James – From The Grey (EP)

Keith James - From The Grey

It’s time you learn the name Keith James. A well accomplished songwriter behind many of Jeremih’s hits, including “Birthday Sex,” and records for Nicki Minaj and Wale, the Chicago native has stepped from behind the scenes to the spotlight.

Making his introduction with the feel-good and slightly comedic song “Not My Day” earlier this year, James has teamed up with platinum producer Mick Schultz to deliver his debut project, ‘From The Grey,’ inspired by the notion that stereotypes and genre lines should be blurred.

“The slogan ‘one world, one people’ is evident in every song from the progression choice to the subject matter,” says James. “Taking it all the way to the cover artwork, using no color lines. The cover art represents the essence that all colors are appreciated with no sexual discrimination. From the Grey is about breaking the cultural restraints we place on ourselves because of what we hear, what we see, what we’re taught, and what we accept as reality.”

For those of you in the Chicago area, Keith will perform all five tracks off From The Grey at the official release show at the Hard Rock Café Chicago on June 26.

Stream the full EP below, and if you’re feeling it you can pick it up on iTunes now.

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New Music: Mélat – Brand New Money

Melat Brand New money

Austin, TX native Mélat has returned with a new gem for our listening pleasure. Teaming up with producer Robbie Anthem, the short but sweet track titled “Brand New Money,” was recorded for Anthem’s upcoming project.

“I wrote this song about how you may not have the best starts in life, and you may even fall victim to your environment, but when you make your way out of those situations and become more aware of the snakes because you’ve dealt with them before, you come out feeling like brand new money,” said Mélat. “Regardless of how your situations may have tainted you, you’re smarter, shinier, crisper, and wiser than you once were. The beauty of redemption.”

The singer/songwriter has also announced that her next project is titled ‘It Happens So Fast,’ and it’s due out this Summer.

Check out the smooth record below:

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New Music: Jacob Banks – Grace

Jacob Banks Grace

Jacob Banks has been stirring our souls since his amazing debut EP ‘The Monologue.’  While he hasn’t released much since 2014’s feet stomping, feel-good single “Move With You,” the British soul singer returns today with another stunning record, aptly titled “Grace.”

The 23-year-old crooner looks for a silver lining on the raw, soulful number, which is the first release off his forthcoming EP.

The song is “about the pushes and pulls of being a man and learning how to deal with situations,” he told The FADER. “Choosing between being graceful or being a monster, finding a silver lining between love and war.”

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Listen: Emerging Artist Greg Banks Releases ‘Lagniappe’ (EP)


Greg Banks‘ music is a gift that will keep on giving. Today, the New Orleans native has released the new EP, Lagniappe, which showcases his blend of soul, funk and R&B.

Included on the artist’s fourth independent release, a meeting of raw talent and classical training, are previously-featured selections “16” and “Your Love.” All five tracks on the project are penned and arranged by Banks himself, with production assistance from Gene Cuatt and Matthew Fishman.

Lagniappe, is a musical embodiment of culture, freedom, and the grittiness of the St. Thomas housing projects.

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