Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cannons - Evening Star

Following the release of their impressive 4-song debut EP Up All Night as well as follow-up singles "Spells" and "Night Verses", Los Angeles-based electronic pop trio Cannons, comprised of Michelle Joy, Paul Davis, and Ryan Clapham return with their first new song of 2015 entitled "Evening Star", which above all else goes on to reaffirm what we have already known for a while now and that is that Cannons are definitely a band not to be overlooked.


Sirena - Lunar Lights

Thanks to the recent successes of Mapei, Seinabo Sey and Elliphant modern Sweden seems to be perfect breeding ground for high quality pop and talented singers. Another artist making such an upward crawl is 22-year-old Stockholm/Barcelona-based spiritual pop artist Sirena, who following the release of her critically acclaimed single "Chemicals" this past October makes a welcome return today with the release of her brilliant new follow-up single called "Lunar Lights", which is available now on iTunes.

Premiere via The Line of Best Fit.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Mia Simonette - Say It + Count (Body and Soul)

Say hello to 16-year-old Perth-based singer/songwriter Mia Simonette, who earlier this month uploaded her first two tracks to her Soundcloud, "Say It" and "Count (Body and Soul)". Unfortunately, there's not a lot of information about this obviously very talented and very promising new artist online (as of right now) however, we're quite certain that will all change as soon as other, more reputable music blogs, hear what she has to offer.


Lili K. - Tommy

Chicago-based soul trap songstress Lili K. has teamed up with Solange Knowles' Saint Heron for the exclusive video premiere of "Tommy", the lead single taken from Lili K's forthcoming debut album RUBY scheduled for release on April 21st via Freshly Bkd Records.

Directed by Addison Wright and J. Frank, the visuals depicts an endearingly whimsical love story set against a sunny, 60s-chic aesthetic. Peppered with subtle hints of Little Shop of Horrors camp, the theatrics of Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet", and John Hughes nostalgia, "Tommy" is a beautifully realized song-and-dance spectacle for music lovers everywhere.

While her previous EPs (2013's My Favorite Things and 2012's Metal Petals) always featured production by long-time collaborator Peter Cottontale (Chance the Rapper, The Social Experiment), RUBY will mark Lili's first time producing her own work.
"Creating this album was such an empowering journey," she explains. "I walked away from fears that were holding me back, and gave myself a new beginning. It was scary - to basically start over, by myself. But claiming my creative power and happiness was one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had."
During the month of February, Chicago fans will have TWO opportunities to catch the soul trap songstress live and in concert. On Saturday February 7th, Lili will join Sidewalk Chalk at The Metro. Then on Tuesday, February 24th, she will perform alongside KSRA at The Empty Bottle for a special charity concert. (More details to come soon) Additional US dates and SXSW activities will be announced in the coming weeks.

Many fans are already familiar with Lili's widely praised collaborations with Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, The O'Mys, Lorine Chia, BJ the Chicago Kid, MC Tree, and Thelonious Martin. Her feature work has topped numerous "Best Of" lists for Rolling Stone, NPR Music, Pitchfork, and Complex. She has also shared the stage with Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, and the SaveMoney crew at Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Fest, SXSW, CMJ, and throughout Chicago. Now Lili will take center stage once and for all.

Also be sure to check out her collaboration with The Jeff Gibbs Quartet on their rework of Disclosure and Sam Smith's global smash hit "Latch", which you can download here.


Niké Jemiyo - Dive

London-based R&B/Soul singer/songwriter Niké Jemiyo has recently unveiled her emotional new ballad entitled "Dive", produced by Sam Speakman and the lead single taken from her long awaited forthcoming sophomore EP Hearts Grow scheduled for release on March 16th.

In regards to the single, Niké Jemiyo explains:
"I wrote this song as a sign of hope after much confusion and heartbreak. It's a fierce call to take a risk, step into the uncertainty of the deep. Whether it's giving a relationship another chance or taking a risk with your dream, it beckons you to step out even when you're afraid, because you know that what lies ahead is too special to ignore."
Listen to "Dive" below.