Avi Kaplan’s ‘I’ll Get By’ is the perfect song for dealing with these difficult times

640 423

This week’s download comes from Avi Kaplan. You have seven days to download his uplifting tune “I’ll Get By.”

Avi Kaplan | photo by Bree Marie Fish

On I’ll Get By, Kaplan, the former Pentatonix star, raised just 40 minutes from Sequoia National Park in the rolling hills of central California, rediscovered his musical roots and delved deeper into the music he’s always loved. Exploring a range of sounds from soul to bluegrass, these songs are threaded together by the search for spiritual redemption, and cast with acoustic guitar, pedal steel, swirling organ and deep groove percussion that beautifully complement Avi’s haunting, other worldly vocal ability.

Lyrics

“I’ll Get By”
Early in the morning
I feel stones upon my chest
That I carry to the evening
Til I lay back down to rest

But I’ll get by
I’ll get by

I’m tired and growing weary
Of these clouds that follow me
Swallowed by the shadows
When it’s sunshine that I need

But I’ll get by
I’ll get by

I been feeling hollow
Yeah my soul just can’t be found
So fill me with the feeling
That this all will turn around

Take all my cares away
Lighten my load
Trust it’ll be OK
But til then I’ll go

Onward down the road
Carried by the hope

That I’ll get by
I’ll get by

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

CocoRosie returns with new album ‘Put The Shine On’

640 368

This week’s download comes from the duo CocoRosie and their new album “Put The Shine On.” You have 10 days to download their song “Burning Down The House.”

CocoRosie |  photo by Peter Hönnemann

From the press release

In the nearly five years since CocoRosie released their last album, sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady have been far from idle. In addition to composing for theater pieces, collaborating with legendary theater director Robert Wilson, performing with the Kronos Quartet, and more recently popping up on Chance the Rapper’s The Big Day, the duo have been engaged in the messy business of life. Created in fits and starts over the course of four years, amidst the backdrop of death, divorce, mental illness, falling in love, and copious amounts of healing, CocoRosie’s 7th album—Put The Shine On—is a study in extremes, balancing some of the most fresh and adroit pop songs the band has ever crafted, while exploring the most extreme states of human feeling and being—the result being an album that is both pristine and at times harrowing.

Put The Shine On is a record that luxuriates in extremes, reflecting the pain and confusion of mental illness (“They’re trying to Britney Spears me”) and the anguish of unpacking trauma (“Held the lamb in my hand, beheld its eyes / Shocked wide with death” Bianca sings on “Aloha Friday”), while also gleefully celebrating the possibility of newness, of wildness, and the ever-present potential for transformation. Nearly two decades deep into a career marked by experimentation and bucking convention, the duo has made what is arguably the most well-considered, emotionally complicated, and sonically adventurous record of their career.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Everyone needs a little Sergio Mendes in their lives right now

640 398

This week’s download comes from the legendary Sergio Mendes and his latest album “In The Key of Joy.” You have seven days to download his song “La Noche Entera” featuring Cali Y El Dandee.

Sergio Mendes | photo credit: Katsunari Kawai

From the press release:

One common thread weaves throughout the staggeringly diverse tapestry of music that producer, composer, keyboardist and vocalist Sergio Mendes has created over his remarkable six-decade career: the spirit of joy. From his pioneering contributions to the foundations of bossa nova alongside the likes of Antonio Carlos Jobim, through the era-defining Latin-pop sound of his iconic group Brasil ’66; his scintillating collaborations with jazz legends like Cannonball Addereley and Herbie Mann to his chart-topping adult contemporary smash “Never Gonna Let You Go;” or his Oscar-nominated theme song from the animated hit Rio: an infectious spirit of joy pervades everything Mendes has ushered into the ears of listeners.

The Brazilian legend’s new album is no exception. On “In the Key of Joy,” Mendes looks back the only way he knows how – by once again moving forward. Released to coincide with a spectacular new documentary on his life by acclaimed filmmaker John Scheinfeld (Chasing Trane, Who Is Harry Nilsson?), “In the Key of Joy” melds the classic Brazilian, jazz and pop sounds that have long characterized Mendes’ music with stunningly contemporary inspirations that make the album sound at once utterly timeless and wholly of the moment.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Download Wiki’s rap banger ‘Pesto’ from his latest album ‘OOFIE’

640 425

This week’s download comes from rapper Wiki and his latest album “OOFIE.” You have seven days to download his song “Pesto.”

Wiki | photo credit: Jack Newton

From press release:

Born and bred in NYC, a teenage Wiki (Patrick Morales) quickly rose to fame as one-third of pioneering hip-hop group Ratking. The trio signing to XL Records landed the cover of the Fader, and released the NYC-focussed classic, “So It Goes”, which was recently included in Pitchfork’s Top 200 Albums of the Decade. Wiki, the frontman of the group, went on to release solo mixtapes, “700 Fill” and “Lil’ Me”, before dropping his fully-fledged debut solo album, “No Mountains In Manhattan”, in September 2017.

Throughout 2018 and 2019, Wiki toured internationally – hitting Australia, Japan, Russia and much of the US and Europe – and released several standalone singles; “In The Park” featuring Gloss Gang, “Elixir” featuring Jesse James & Obongjayar, “Cheat Code”, and – via his recently formed new label, Wikset Enterprise – the Madlib produced “Eggs”, and, most recently double single, “Fee Fi Fo Fum” and “Smarty Jones” featuring Cleo Reed.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Download The Seshen’s ‘Take It All Away’

640 360

This week’s download comes from The Seshen and their new album “Cyan.” You have seven days to download their song “Take It All Away.”

The Seshsen | photo credit: Britanny Powers

From the press release:

The Seshen is a San Francisco Bay Area six-piece band whose songs exist between the lines: in the space between waking and dreaming, ego and collective consciousness, at that blurred horizon where earth meets sea meets sky.

Anchored by St. Juste’s sly, silvery vocals (which draw frequent comparisons to Erykah Badu) and cerebral yet danceable rhythms from producer-bassist Akiyoshi Ehara, their music pulls from a deep well of electronic influences, R&B, and indie rock. Drummer Chris Thalmann, keyboard/synth player Mahesh Rao, percussionist Mirza Kopelman and sequencer Kumar Butler make the music three-dimensional, blending live and digital instrumentation for a mercurial, transportive sound.

Since 2012, the Seshen’s live show has earned critical acclaim and a dedicated fanbase on multiple continents, as they’ve shared stages with the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote, tUnE-yArDs, Petite Noir, and Thundercat.

CYAN is the band’s most vulnerable, compelling work to date. Over a spacious, at times tumultuous sonic landscape, Juste sings of a reckoning: a hero’s journey through confusion and self-doubt, depression, and ultimately forging a way out toward the light. CYAN is a story about saving yourself. There’s death, rebirth. And a chance to dive deep in search of a new life—one stripped of pretense or protective armor, for better or for worse.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Download some soulful ‘Magic’ from Jordan Mackampa

640 446

This week’s download comes from singer/songwriter Jordan Mackampa. You have seven days to download his new song “Magic.”

Jordan Mackampa | Photo credit: Josh Shinner

The London based soul singer, Jordan Mackampa, is the combination of his Congolese roots and midlands upbringing. His soul soaked, indie driven tracks swim in the sounds and stories of the cities he’s inhabited over the years. Inspired by his mother’s love of the great soul singers, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers and Curtis Mayfield, Jordan combines his timeless vocal with catchy melodies and heartfelt lyrics to create an exciting hybrid of alternative pop and soul which will enchant and uplift in equal measure.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Sotomayor blends Afro Latin sounds with electronic beats

640 413

This week’s download comes from brother-sister duo Sotomayor and their new album “Orígenes.” You have seven days to download their song “Sin Control.”

Sotomayor
Orly Anan photo by Orly Anan

Sotomayor is the electronic music project with afro latin influence by siblings Raul (music production) and Paulina (vocals). It is a dance music project that fuses the rhythms and sounds of cumbia, afro beat, dancehall, Peruvian “chicha” and merengue with cutting edge beats.

Following the success of their debut album, 2017 saw the release of Conquistador, an album funded through Kickstarter with a more mature sound that defined not only the sound of the band, but the sound of the so called “New Latin Wave”, a movement of Latin American bands that explore their heritage through contemporary music. With this album the band performed its first international tour visiting six cities in the US, five countries in Europe, countries like Colombia, Chile and Peru in South America, and 12 cities in Mexico.

2020 marks the release of Orígenes their 3rd studio album trough the NY based label Wonderwheel Recordings. This album was recorded between Mexico and Puerto Rico, and was produced by the 28 time Grammy Winner Eduardo Cabra aka Visitante from the legendary band Calle 13. On this album Sotomayor explores a new Afro Caribbean vision in their music, with more dance floor focused tracks and taking inspiration from the style’s percussion.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Download Haleek Maul’s banger ‘Ceiling Fan’

640 389

This week’s download comes from rising rapper Haleek Maul and his forthcoming debut album “Errol.” You have seven days to download his song “Ceiling Fan.”

Haleek Maul | Photo credit: Ansuni Hall

Born in Brooklyn, New York, 21-year-old rapper, singer and producer Haleek Maul was sent to the tropical island of Barbados at a young age to attend school and be raised outside the chaotic American city.

Inspired by the sounds that filled his childhood environment, he began creating music while in high school, and what started off as innocent rhyming and mimicry of his favorite artists became an obsession which led him to pursue production and greater musical exploration.

Haleek Maul first surfaced in 2012 aged just 16 with the Oxyconteen EP. An album with Chicago production duo Supreme Cuts titled Chrome Lips followed, plus collaborations with Ryan Hemsworth, Le1f, Black Noise and others.

 “Ceiling Fan” found him opening a new musical chapter. Channelling his multi-cultural background he alternates between technical raps and fleeting moments of Caribbean vocal rhythms. 

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Download Jonah Mutono’s future soul track ‘Circulation’

640 442

This week’s download comes from Ugandan-native Jonah Mutono. You have seven days to download his track “Circulation.”

Jonah Mutono | photo courtesy of Shore Fire Media

Jonah, whose childhood was spread across London, Philadelphia, and eventually back to Uganda on deportation from the UK – once enjoyed an air of mystery and released his intimate DIY recordings under the name Kidepo. After navigating complex personal, political and religious barriers, he now writes openly and honestly about his experience and all the complications that come with it.

On the track, Jonah explains, “There is this old joke by Tim Hawkins about how people involuntarily squeeze the very life out of their babies and animals – almost like a primal violent urge. I started ‘Circulation’ when I was living alone for the first time and had just bought a puppy. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I only had the words ‘hold me tight and cruel, I don’t care much for Circulation,’ and I left it at that. I fell in love for the first time years later and came back to that sentiment. There are so many parallels. It’s sweet, savage, romantic and brutal – almost like a dog howling. I wanted to freeze that feeling and put it in a frame.”

On the video, Jonah explains: “We filmed this video last year in Uganda, near a place that’s very important to me. The piece is about tension – physical and emotional – and in this particular case, political. There is little kindness and space given to queer stories in that corner of the world. It was astounding that we got to be there and capture this. All I can really draw from is my own experience and this is a big part of that story for me. 

88Nine Radio Milwaukee

Download TOKiMONSTA’s ‘Fried For The Night’ ft. EARTHGANG

640 407

This week’s download comes from Grammy-nominated producer TOKiMONSTA and her forthcoming album “Oasis Nocturno.” You have seven days to download her song “Fried For The Night” featuring the Atlanta duo EARTHGANG.

TOKiMONSTA
BethanyVargas

“EARTHGANG brought their special magic to the studio and we made something other worldly. This song is dedicated to those psychedelic moments where our reality opens up a new point of view.”

TOKiMONSTA

Over the last decade, the Los Angeles producer and Young Art label boss, TOKiMONSTA has helped define the sound of modern dance and beat music. In the process, she has received the co-signs of the biggest names in electronic and repped for the West Coast underground at the Grammys — all without sacrificing the purity of her vision or relying on exploding glowstick bombast. The secret is that there is no secret, other than the compositional genius and futuristic melodies embedded into the gleaming, technicolor mandalas of hip-hop instrumentalism, pop, R&B-soul, house, and IDM that encompass the TOKiMONSTA sound.

88Nine Radio Milwaukee