“Love$ick” By: Mura Masa ft. A$AP Rocky (New)

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Alex Crossan (Mura Masa) the self-proclaimed “20-year old beat slayer heart breaker producer singer writer lover” (1) has just released the video for his single “Love$ick” featuring A$AP Rocky. The song is off of his widely acclaimed 7-track debut EP titled, “Someday Somewhere”.

Yoni Lappin directed the music video in London and it was shot on 35mm film, which creates the impression of overall rawness and realness. Typical to Mura Masa’s recent collection of music videos, Love$ick follows a group of teens doing their thing – smoking, kissing, drinking, and laughing as they pass their time in urban London. Likewise, Lappin directed the music video for Mura Masa’s song “What If I Go”, which stylistically has a very similar feeling and theme as the video for Love$ick. He is also in the process of making an album documentary for the young British electronic musician. (2)

What If I Go? – Mura Masa

Mura Masa is from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. His career began with the mixtape “Soundtrack to a Death” which was released to his Soundcloud page in 2014. His popularity grew once his song “Lotus Eater” started to get plays on several shows on BBC Radio 1, including Annie Mac and Zane Lowe. Since then, the producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist’s career has skyrocketed! He released his debut EP “Someday Somewhere” on April 10th, 2015 under his own label Anchor Point Records. Love$ick is the third single off of the EP. He is named after Japanese sword-smith Muramasa Sengo and his music is meant to “cut like a knife”. (3) The young producer who started out by playing in local punk, hardcore, deathcore, and gospel bands is currently slaying the electronic scene. His songs are all full of exotic beats and alluring vocals. The fact that he also plays the guitar, the bass, and the drums simply add to the professionalism and striking rarity that is Mura Masa.

Crossan is on tour as Mura Masa throughout North America and Europe until the end of November.

The release of his first studio album is scheduled for 2017.

This article was published @ http://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/11/07/MURA-MASA-RE-RELEASES-LOVEICK-FEATURING-AAP-ROCKY

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“Not Nice” By: PARTYNEXTDOOR (New)

rs-pnd-01-e30e5a49-6caa-44ea-93c6-2c1a3ff962aaToronto’s very own, PARTYNEXTDOOR, takes you to the beach in his new video release for the song “Not Nice”. In the song, PND is conflicted over the fact that although his girl looks nice, she is indeed, actually, rude.

“Don’t, girl, you look so nice

But you’re not nice, you’re rude

Look what you’re putting me through

I’d never do this to you”

Not Nice – PARTYNEXTDOOR

The track is just right for keeping you warm right when the weather is inevitably beginning to cool down. In the new track, “Not Nice”, PND swerves toward a dancehall rhythm more than usual – his Jamaican heritage likely has something to do with that. The release comes at a time where many of PND’s fellow OVO members are beginning to experiment with music with more of a dancehall vibe. Other examples including “Controlla” by: Drake and “Gwan Big Up Urself” by: Roy Woods, both released during 2016. (1)

 Producer Dre Skull acknowledged the track for featuring a sample from one of his and Vybz Kartel’s unreleased songs. https://www.instagram.com/p/BILE35QBjpT/?hl=en

PARTYNEXTDOOR has officially released the schedule for his upcoming tour “Summer’s Over Tour” with Jeremih, which will begin in Miami on November 8th and will run until mid December.

 PARTYNEXTDOOR, born Jahron Anthony Brathwaite, was the first artist signed to Drake’s label OVO Sound in 2013. The album, “PartyNextDoor 3”, is PND’s second studio album.

This article was published @ http://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/11/07/PARTYNEXTDOOR-KNOWS-SHES-NOT-NICE

“Find What You’re Looking For” By: Olivia O’Brien (Review)

14207577_552086144984972_2733338810015796387_oMoving on after the betrayal of a lover is the running theme in “Find What You’re Looking For”, the third single by Olivia O’Brien. The 16-year-old powerhouse singer who grew up in Napa Valley, California, is an incredibly talented songwriter. She prides herself on creating music for female empowerment, and her sweet new single accomplishes that goal while also being radio-ready.

Find What You’re Looking For – Olivia O’Brien

“I’m sick and tired of loving you more / I just can’t give you what you’re looking for”

 During 2014, O’Brien covered several hit songs, which she posted to her Soundcloud page. She was ultimately discovered by the American DJ gnash when she covered his song “Disposable”. (1) Upon hearing O’Brien’s work, the pair met up and eventually released the song “I hate u, I love u” together on February 17th, 2016. The song ended up being the first single from gnash’s third EP titled, “Us”. (2) Olivia O’Brien had reportedly written the song at the young age of fifteen. (3) She later went on to tour part of California with gnash during 2015. (4)

i hate u, i love u (ft. Olivia O’Brien) – gnash

“Trust Issues” was the title of Olivia O’Brien’s first single as a solo artist. The song was released on August 12th, 2016 through Island Records. (5) “Trust Issues” has received almost 200,000 listens to date on Soundcloud and it was generally well received by the public as being an anthem for young women.

Trust Issues – Olivia O’Brien

“Find What You’re Looking For” dropped on October 21st, 2016. (6) Olivia’s voice is smooth, rich, and full of emotion as she belts out lyrics written with her own pen. Along with its obvious pop influences, the electronic production of the track adds layers of depth. The subject matter of the song is mature, especially coming from a 16-year-old, which only adds to excitement for what is to come from Olivia O’Brien in the future.

 Olivia O’Brien began singing and writing her own original songs at the age of seven. She also taught herself to play both the guitar and the piano. (7)

This article was published @ http://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/11/03/FIND-WHAT-YOURE-LOOKING-FOR-FROM-OLIVIA-OBRIEN

“Girls in the Suburbs Singing Smiths Songs” By: Goody Grace (Review)

goody-graceGoody Grace is an up-and-coming singer, songwriter, and musician from Winnipeg, Canada. Most recently, he has released the song “Girls in Suburbs Singing Smiths Songs”, a low-key jam with the distinct sound of an electric guitar, production done with an 808, and rich auto-tuned vocals.

For over a year, this talented 19 year old has been releasing music to his Soundcloud page, starting with a Taylor Swift mashup song titled, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Because Baby Now We Got Bad Blood” which has had almost 300,000 listens to date.

Goody Grace is probably best known for his work with Gnash. The pair has produced several singles together, and they are currently on tour throughout the United States.

Goody Grace – Two Shots

Goody Grace is currently signed to Bananabeat Records. He has several videos on Youtube which accompany his previous single releases, including a video for the song “Memorie$” featuring Jesse Rutherford and A$AP Ant. He also has made a video for his acoustic cover of “Hotline Bling” by fellow Canadian, Drake.

Goody Grace has stated on his Facebook page that The Smiths are among some of his musical influences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExD3NN6W2m0

Listen to “Girls in Suburbs Singing Smiths Songs” by Canadian boy, Goody Grace here:

This article was published @ http://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/11/03/GOODY-GRACE-GIRLS-IN-THE-SUBURBS-SINGING-SMITHS-SONGS

“A Prince” By: Eric Reid

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On November 1st, Eric Reid, the multi-talented singer, songwriter, and musician from Toronto, took to the stage at The Piston to perform songs from his debut solo EP, “Eric Reid – A Prince”. The EP was released on October 21st and is a compilation of six original songs written and produced by Reid himself.

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Reid has a truly special talent for expressing intimate experiences with an authentic bluntness. On the album he explores some familiar themes related to love, death, and the futility of life, but from multiple perspectives that are both inspired and convincing.

While thematically heavy, the songs are not angst-ridden. Reid finds a way for the songs to remain catchy, energetic, and relatable. The production on the album is a rich fusion of rock ’n’ roll and indie music, with crashing drums and dreamy synth prevalent. Reid’s Facebook page proclamation that he adopted Robert Downey Sr.’s “do-whatever-the-fuck-you-want, on no budget, the way you want to do it work ethic” is real and works. His voice and music is in your face, but also in your life.

Just hours before the show, Reid recounted a big risk and blunder he had made when performing with his old band, LadyFace. It illustrates what Reid is all about; taking risks and keeping it real:

“Before the first show I played with my old band, LadyFace, I impulsively decided I was going to play acoustic guitar, even though I had always played our songs with an electric guitar. So, I went on stage and I broke three strings almost immediately and we couldn’t play the show. I just hope I don’t ‘rock’ that hard tonight.”

Seeing Eric Reid on stage, you could tell he was not holding anything back. Without the fear of broken strings, he plucked and strummed his way through an acoustic playlist that included several of the album’s songs, some new material, and a Strokes’ cover. Brianna Bordihn, a member of the New Market band Bordeen, accompanied Reid on stage. The two will be pairing up in the new year to release a duet album that they previewed as being a “pretty and acoustic-y” work.

The full interview with Eric Reid is transcribed below. To watch the video for his song “Again and Again and Again” from the EP “Eric Reid -A Prince”, open the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EI6TJJo5V0

Background & about Eric:

I: What is your background with playing music?

E: I’ve been playing music my whole life. I went to school for music in Newfoundland, Canada at CNA (College of the North Atlantic,) which is basically a music performance school. The program was more about how to “make it” in the music industry. It was sort of a stupid course. I was trying to get as far away from where I lived as I could.

I: Did you grow up in Toronto?

E: No, I grew up in Muskoka, I grew up in the country.

I: Do you think that because you grew up in Muskoka and in the country, this influenced your music?

E: I think it helped me to focus on music because there is like, nothing to do there, so you have to find stuff to do. It’s either, you ride snowmobiles, or you play music, or you play video games. You need to find a hobby.

So yea I went to school in Newfoundland for a couple of years – it wasn’t great. When you’re going to music school, you’re going to a place where there is a bunch of other musicians. I learned more about how to play music, and what it is to perform, and write songs, just through hanging out with people who are all doing the exact same thing as I did – more so even than from the actual courses.

I: If you could only listen to music made by three musicians for the rest of your life, whose would you choose?

E: Leonard Cohen, and Conor Oberst. I would also probably pick Richard Edwards, he’s the lead singer from Margot & the Nuclear, which are some of my favourite songs ever – I couldn’t not listen to him. So yea those three dudes. I relate to them the most, and they’re all incredible.

“A Prince” album info:

I: What is your favourite song on the album? Why?

E: It is “Precious Time”, because I can play it on any instrument and I still like the way it sounds. It holds its own. We’re playing it acoustic tonight and it sounds better than the recording. I feel like if a song is written well, you should be able to play it on any instrument and it should still sound like a good song.

I: Where did you find your inspiration when you were making this album?

E: I take a lot of stuff from my life, like break up stuff.

I: The lyrics in the album sound very personal, is this kind of ‘autobiographical’ writing something that comes naturally to you?

E: Yes and no, I’ve never really written a completely autobiographical song. It’s more like, you take bits from what you know and then it’s also other people’s experiences. It all sort of gets filtered down, for me at least. It’s all sort of one theme, and I find that theme through other people’s stories along with in my own and then that becomes what I write about, as oppose to just myself because my life is pretty boring.

I: Do you feel like there is a certain theme that the album follows?

E: I feel like half of the record is about being present. Half of the songs I wrote are about people being on their phones all the time. Like “Precious Time” is about being on your phone at a party, “Astronauts” is about people constantly being on their phones because they’re bored.

Not that people being on their phones is necessarily a bad thing, because I am guilty of it too, and I am also not saying “oh, live in the moment, man!” it is more just like this general sluggishness I feel with a generation of people that constantly have this escape route into their devices. It is not necessarily good or bad. I guess I am just a tiny bit apathetic about it. I never really reached a consensus or theme writing about it, I just wrote about it.

What’s up next?

I: If someone were to miss the show tonight when can they see you play?

E: I think I’ll play some shows around Ontario. I’m just taking things one day at a time, one show at a time. I’m working on getting a band together. Right now, it’s just me, and my friend Brianna singing the songs. Tonight we’re gunna play softer versions of the recorded songs.

I’m recording new songs right now and they are all actually she and I singing. They are more of a “very pretty”, acoustic-y type of stuff. The new set of songs is also a bit more coherent (than A Prince,) and more current to my current state of mind.

I: When is that new project gunna drop?

E: Maybe, in February.

Photo By: Natalie Toombs

“Sit Still, Look Pretty” By: Daya

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You might recognize Daya from her feature on the huge hit from The Chainsmokers’ titled, “Don’t Let Me Down” released earlier in the year. However, the extremely talented 17-year old singer and songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is not only a side act. In the last year, Daya has released her second single from her first full-length studio album, “Sit Still, Look Pretty”. The song just so happens to have the same name as the album itself, which is a bold move for an artist to make. For a song to bear the same name as the album, it will likely receive attention as being a succinct summary of the album’s message as a whole.

Sit Still, Look Pretty – Daya

“Oh I don’t know what you’ve been told / But this gal right here’s gonna rule the world”

 Sings Daya in her single “Sit Still, Look Pretty”, and that is exactly what she is doing.

Born, Grace Tandon, Daya found inspiration for her stage name from her Indian American heritage, as it translates from Hindi to the word for “grace”. (1) Although she is still young, Daya has had a long history making music. She learned to play the piano at the age of 3, eventually transitioning into playing the jazz piano when she was 11. She also plays the guitar, the ukulele, the saxophone, and the flute, along with singing. (2)

 Gino Barlett, the platinum songwriter and producer, discovered Daya in early 2015. (3) Together the duo produced Daya’s first single titled “Hide Away”.

Hide Away – Daya

On September 4th, 2015, Daya released her self-titled EP, which included the single “Hide Away”, and five other tracks. The single officially went platinum in January 2016. Her debut studio album, “Sit Still, Look Pretty” came out on October 7th. (4)

 The song “Sit Still, Look Pretty” is an anthem for girl power! It is incredibly catchy with lyrics that will easily get stuck in your head and a drumbeat that will likely brighten your day. As it blares out of your speakers you won’t be able to deny Daya’s talent. Her voice is unique, and memorable. She is definitely a powerful and skilled young artist to keep your eye on for the future.

 Daya is currently touring internationally, with most of her stops being around the United States. She is also playing one show in Vancouver, Canada on March 17th at RIO Theater, and another show in Dubai. (5)

Don’t Let Me Down (ft. Daya) – The Chainsmokers

This article was published @ http://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/11/02/DAYA-KNOWS-TO-SIT-STILL-LOOK-PRETTY

“Delicate” By: Scott Quinn (New Song)

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Scott Quinn, the 22-year-old music producer from Harrogate, England, sings with a message on his most recent single titled “Delicate.” Lyrically, the song is about the miasma in the world where we work our days away and no longer find the time to “live”, sacrificing things, like family and friends, and passion, for work.

“When you drew your last breath was there someone there beside you”

 The lyrics are thought provoking and they challenge the side of society that is increasingly overworked.

“Delicate” is rich with the sound of Quinn’s chilly and breathy voice. It is soothing while also being haunting in a way that is reminiscent of James Blake. The vocals are strong, the production is clean and lush, and the message that comes out of the song is a positive one.

“Delicate” is the first single that Quinn has released since his debut album “Lust Game” which came out in February.

Listen to “Delicate” by: Scott Quinn here

This article was published @ http://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/10/31/SCOTT-QUINN-REMINDS-US-WERE-DELICATE

“Ur Rythm” By: Lipp (New Song)

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 Lipp, the duo from Henderson, Nevada, have just released their first single, “Ur Rhythm”. The song is rich with dreamy female vocals paired on top of a twinkling melody, and it all drifts smoothly across an electric guitar riff. The drum beat is beachy, and the electronic influence adds extra grooviness. Lipp have just released your next go-to “feel good” song!

“Ur Rhythm” became available on Lipp’s Soundcloud page earlier in the week and that’s where you can check it out.

Listen to “Ur Rhythm” by Lipp here

This article was published @ http://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/10/31/NEW-DUO-LIPP-RELEASE-UR-RHYTHM 

Introverted Intuition By: Lance Skiiiwalker (Album Review)

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Introverted Intuition, which was released on October 18th, is the debut album from Chicago singer, songwriter, and producer, Lance Skiiiwalker. The album has 13 tracks, and it features some of Skiiiwalker’s fellow Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) artists, such as ScHoolboy Q (who also released an album with TDE this summer.)

 The definition of “Introverted Intuition” is: “… People with introverted intuition often have gut feelings that are uncannily accurate. They are excellent at spotting trends or patterns to form a prediction of what may be.” (1)

With that in mind, we embark on the journey that is Introverted Intuition by Lance Skiiiwalker. 

The album is organized as a late night radio show titled “Skiiiwalker Radio” which is MC-ed by an auto tuned, low talking DJ. The compilation of songs on the album provides a wide range of energies for the listener to enjoy. A lot of high intensity drum beats are found on tracks like Forbidden Fruit, ((Ni)) Radio, Speed, and Sound. In the mean time, other tracks on the album are much more dreamy, and smooth such as, Could It Be, Stockholm, and Attraction. 

 The album makes the listener feel as if they are sitting in the mind of a man. Where, we have front row seats to follow a bunch of stories with a relatively similar pattern in their plot; a pursuit for some loving. The pursuits are not always fruitful, like in the song “Could It Be.” The video itself follows Skiiiwalker as a woman rejects him, and the lyrics are pretty fitting to the scene:

 “Um, so when you available? / Never? Oh, ok, alright, ok bye”

Stockholm is definitely the most extreme of Skiiiwalker’s attempts at love.  The song is about a relationship between him and a woman who he is obsessed with. The title likely makes reference to “Stockholm Syndrome” which is the feelings of trust or affection felt in certain cases of kidnapping or hostage taking by a victim toward a captor. (2)

“Yo baby let me tell you somethin’/ You’re locked up in my private dungeon / Well girl you’re screamin’ am I the baby / Well I just wanna clench your soul”

The video for “Lover’s Lane” also chronicles Skiiiwalker unable to court multiple women.

Introverted Intuition is an album that you could leave on at a party. The songs are energetic and eclectic in sound, and the topics are relatable in many ways. The repeated story of romance and falling in love, most times leading to rejection for Skiiiwalker is where the idea of the introverted intuition might lie.  

“Enjoy life, have fun, stay introverted”

Lance Skiiiwalker’s album is the fourth album released by TDE this year after Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered, ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP, and Isaiah Rashad – The Sun’s Tirade. (3)

This article was published @ http://www.thenu.world/single-post/2016/10/31/TDES-LANCE-SKIIIWALKER-RELEASES-INTROVERTED-INTUITION