Download Dessa’s new song, ‘Grade School Games’

Download Dessa’s new song, ‘Grade School Games’

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From Dessa:

“Grade School Games” started with a little keyboard line, hammered out on my Casio at home. The first lyrics to materialize are the first words of the song: Love, drugs, sex, pain….those are just grade school games. I liked the idea of casting our biggest, most urgent human experiences on something like a geological scale: all the people in all houses want love, detest pain, and live as social animals who admire, shame, envy, and adore one another. And it stays that way from the playground to the grave—that’s just the way human lives are lived.

For a couple of years, though, I couldn’t quite get the song off the ground. Despite several attempts to flesh out an arrangement, it remained a 1-minute-and-11-second-demo on my laptop. I brought this snippet to Andy Thompson and Lazerbeak (the team that executively produced my last album Chime) and we managed to forge a proper track together.

Lazerbeak crafted the percussion, Andy played my original keyboard line into guitar, added vibraphone, and managed to write the bridge almost on the spot after I suggested, “it’d be cool to have, like, an “Eleanor Rigby” vibe.” We ended up, I hope, with a carefully produced track that feels true, sad, simple, and sweet.

I then sent the song to a longtime friend and collaborator, the designer MK Larada to create the single cover. I tore a page out of my notebook and folded one of those elementary-school fortune tellers. I took a few photos on my iPhone (pressing the shutter with my chin before it occurred to me to use the timer) and within a few exchanges, we had our image.

Dessa is coming off a successful year; she released her third studio album Chime, & her first hardcover book, My Own Devices, named a best book of 2018 by NPR and Amazon. In 2019, Dessa is releasing new music, touring the US and Europe, doing two shows with the Minnesota Orchestra (with a live album to follow), and playing the festival circuit (Boston Calling, Soundset, BottleRock, and more TBA).

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Mothica crushes it on her new single, ‘Crossfire’

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Mothica, Crossfire

Over the course of 2018, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has revealed glimpses into her highly anticipated new EP, “Ashes.” A figurehead of the dark-pop genre, Mothica real name McKenzie Ellis, has won a loyal following of fans and tastemakers alike thanks to her penchant for soul-tapping lyrics and a remarkable skillset as a modern pop music songwriter.

Counting The FADER, Earmilk, Bullett, Pigeons and Planes, Indie Shuffle and MILK as some of her many supporters, Mothica’s previous singles this year, “Burnout” and “Water Me Down,” showcased a welcome continuation of Mothica’s pop-meets-electronic sound and solidified the mounting buzz over the new EP. “Ashes” is her most ambitious project yet.

“I wrote ‘Crossfire’ about my first experience having a crush on a girl. The ‘Crossfire’ music video originally was going to be roller derby-themed showing powerful women, with me working the concession stand serving French fries.

“I wanted to be a side character for once. The director, Tim Hendrix, had a different idea and it turned into a surrealist, twisted, Scott Pilgrim-inspired psychedelic trip starring roller skater, Crystal Roseborough of the LA Roller Girls. It was a 15-hour day, shot entirely on a green screen other than the opening shot. I think it shows a quirkier side to my often deemed ‘sad’ music and my ability to not take myself so seriously.”

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Download Injury Reserve’s new hip-hop banger, ‘Jawbreaker’ feat. Rico Nasty and Pro Teens

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Injury Reserve

Phoenix, Arizona rap trio Injury Reserve just dropped a video for a new track “Jawbreaker.” The track features Rico Nasty along with fellow Phoenicians PRO TEENS and the video was directed by Parker Corey of Injury Reserve. With the biggest week in fashion around the corner, “Jawbreaker” is their take on the state of things with the video almost acting as a Mystery Science Theater-esque commentary while remaining true to the elegance of a high-end fashion show. Stay posted on much more to come from the recent Loma Vista Recordings signees in 2019.

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Download FRENSHIP’s new song, ‘Wanted A Name’ feat. York Lore

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Frenship

Rousing and undeniable, the track’s propulsive sonics and soaring melody give way to musings on if the elusive feelings of love, acceptance and validation will ever be re-captured.

FRENSHIP, who bring their diverse inspirations to wide-angle pop songs marked by warm vocal harmonies and unshakeable hooks, wrote “Wanted A Name” after their very first headline tour where they had experienced their biggest audiences yet. The sudden shift of returning to the quiet of home away from the electrifying energy of the crowds night after night inspired them to explore the drive to chase those lightning-in-a-bottle moments in life.

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Sneaks blends hip-hop, dance and post-punk on ‘The Way It Goes’

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Sneaks

Just as she takes up space in the male-dominated Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area punk scene, Sneaks, aka Eva Moolchan, takes up space among the patriarchy. “Highway Hypnosis” plays on hip-hop, post-punk and invented words to fill a gap between the feminist underground and genre-specific singles charts. Through it, Moolchan joins the resistance forged by queer black feminists who create, explore, empower, conquer and play bass.

Flashes of Robyn, Britney Spears, Jock Jams, Nirvana, recess hour on the blacktop, M.I.A., Lil Mama, a hacky sack circle, Aaliyah and your first Warped Tour experience somehow all make sense inside the mind attached to ears experiencing “Highway Hypnosis.”

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DAWN makes a fierce return with a fresh single, ‘new breed’

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Following her acclaimed trilogy of solo albums, electronic R&B innovator DAWN (formerly Dawn Richard) returns with “new breed,” a new album that dates back to her upbringing in New Orleans, taking in the city’s rich traditions and musical heritage.

A former member of cult R&B groups Dirty Money and Danity Kane, DAWN has worked with everyone from Diddy and Drake to Machinedrum, Kimbra and Dirty Projectors across her unique career, and has constantly redefined what an independent black female artist can achieve without major label backing. Working closely with independent label Local Action for her last two albums, Dawn became the first ever artist to perform live in 360 degrees on YouTube, has been nominated for multiple awards for her boundary-pushing videos, and her last album “Redemption” went to top five in the Billboard charts while picking up end of year accolades from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, TIME, LA Times, The Quietus, FACT, Noisey and more. She also works closely with Adult Swim as a curator and designer, and in the last six months has toured with both Kimbra and a reunited Danity Kane.

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Portuguese producer Branko delivers a taste of spring a little early on new song

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Branko

The first thing that strikes you when hearing “Nosso” is its feeling of intimacy and warmth. The title, which means “Ours” in Portuguese, is apt since he sees the record as the result of letting a wild variety of people into his world.

Branko notes, “I didn’t know most of the collaborators before meeting up with them in a studio somewhere in the world, so most of these songs are coming from a very immediate and honest sense of collaboration where you spend an afternoon with someone learning about each other at the same time as you’re making music.

“It’s a shared experience, a moment where two or more people came up with ideas together, that they probably wouldn’t have had if they were in their comfort zone.”

These meetings were turned into songs at home in Lisbon once the main ideas were created collaboratively elsewhere.

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Download Marques Martin’s new experimental rap song, ‘About 2 Die’

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Marques Martin

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Download Emily King’s latest song, ‘Remind Me’

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Emily King

Emily says of the song, “There was a moment where I became lost in my own little world. I felt everyday was the same. I could see myself doing the same things and thinking the same thoughts. I was confused and afraid to try. Then one day something made me change. I left where I was. And all these feelings returned. I felt an excitement in my bones. A joy in my heart. I was reminded.”

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Download ‘Started Out’ by Georgia, a Wayne Coyne-approved new artist

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“Started Out” is about that exciting sensation that comes from the beginning of something, maybe meeting someone for the first time and getting a sensation or thrill out of it all. It’s hard to maintain though, and you don’t want to lose it. But we can be bold, take risks, be young fools and not be able to understand what it all means, but know that someone will love us for it.

Georgia

Since the 2015 release of her self-titled debut LP, Georgia has been busy in the studio and out, with co-writing credits on the new album from Empress Of, guest features on tracks by Honne, alongside taking on producer duties for a number of other acts and working on her own set of new recordings.

And back in November, Georgia was reportedly in the studio with The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne working on a project.

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