NFL pro turned rapper Arian Foster (aka Bobby Feeno) shares 'S.W.A.N.'

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This week's download comes from former NFL athlete turned rapper Arian Foster aka Bobby Feeno. You have seven days to download the new song "S.W.A.N." from "A Late February."

Bobby Feeno

In 2016, Arian Foster retired from the NFL on a high note. He was a star four-time Pro Bowl running back, known for his epic Namaste bow that doubled as his victory dance whenever he scored a touchdown. Now he's Bobby Feeno, critically acclaimed musician. But that musical trajectory was tightly woven into his narrative long before he ever picked up a football. As Bobby Feeno readies his Mass Appeal debut EP, A Late February, he continues to build upon his solid music career, as he heads for stardom.

Previously in 2018, Feeno dropped a multi-dimensional project, Flamingo & Koval, which was released via TIDAL through LeBron James' Uninterrupted imprint. The project was also accompanied by a documentary titled "Becoming Bobby Feeno", which depicted Feeno's inspiring transition from the field to the stage. After a number of labels showed interest in Feeno, he signed to Mass Appeal Records and is geared to release A Late February on Friday, June 14, 2019.

Bobby Feeno has made the full transformation from athlete to artist, and A Late February is proof. However, he keeps one solid goal in mind: "I think my mission is to reach as many people as possible," he says. "At the same time, I'm finding myself through the process."

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Mayer Hawthorne returns with 'The Game'

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This week's download comes from Mayer Hawthorne. You have seven days to download his new song "The Game."

Mayer Hawthorne

Grammy-nominated R&B/soul artist Mayer Hawthorne is back! The critically acclaimed musician has released his new single, "The Game," marking his first new music in three years. The slow-grooving track, available via his newly launched label, Strange Sounds.

The Los Angeles-based artist is not only a "Man About Town," the name of his fourth, and most recent, full-length album, he's also a man of many, many hats. The prolific writer, who's racked up over 100 million combined plays on YouTube and Spotify, has penned every word from his extensive catalog.

His songwriting pulls from his life and observations; his heartache and joy. Sometimes it's groovy, other times he's vulnerable and sincere, but it's always timeless and soulful. Hawthorne also handles the lion's share of production for his music and is a skilled musician, who's played nearly every instrument on his acclaimed albums

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Jonah Yano teams up with BADBADNOTGOOD for the slow-burner of the summer

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This week's download comes from Toronto's Jonah Yano and his new EP "nervous." You have seven days to download the song "nervous" featuring BADBADNOTGOOD.

Kyle Berger photo credit: Kyle Berger

Meet Jonah Yano, the Toronto native via Japan who wrote and recorded his first release through his cellphone in 2016. Three years later, the studio replaced the cell and his debut EP features a lush mixture of slow-burning ballads, hip hop beats with subtle electronic and jazz influences.

BADBADNOTGOOD, Toronto duo MONEYPHONE, and Vancouver producer Nono all lend their eclectic hands in creating a genre-blurring, emotionally impactful experience unlike any other.

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Dead Horses premiere new single, 'Birds Can Write the Chorus'

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Following their acclaimed 2018 album "My Mother the Moon," which earned the Wisconsin band accolades in publications like Rolling Stone and Noisey, Milwaukee's Dead Horses are planning to release a new EP early next year. They've already shared two songs from that project: "Family Tapes" and "Mighty Storm," and today we're excited to debut their latest single ahead of its official release on July 26: "Birds Will Write the Chorus."

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Dead Horses - 'Birds Can Write the Chorus'

The song is a little bit of a departure for the traditionally acoustic Americana duo, accompanying singer Sarah Vos's voice with layers of sky-gazing guitar as she reminisces about childhood and faith.

After recording in Nashville, the group returned to their native Fox Valley to write and record material from their new EP, tentatively due in February.

"In the footsteps of The Head and the Heart and Liz Cooper and the Stampede, Dead Horses welcomed an invitation to set up a residency at The Refuge, a non-profit arts foundation headquartered in a former Franciscan Monastery in Appleton," according to a press release from the band.

They have a few big shows to play before they release the EP. They'll be opening for The Who at Alpine Valley on Sept. 8, and headlining their first show at the Pabst Theater on Saturday, Sept. 14.

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Get a taste of Brazil with Sessa's 'Flor Do Real'

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This week's download comes from Sessa and his latest album "Grandeza." You have seven days to download the song "Flor Do Real."

If you like what you hear, Sessa is performing in Milwaukee this Friday, July 12 at URSA.

Helena Wolfenson Sessa/ photo credit: Helena Wolfenson

Grandeza, the debut album by Sao Paulo's Sessa, points to new, subtle directions for modern Brazilian music - a deep, almost insinuated use of the rich textures that define the songwriting history of Brazil. Sessa's songs are sung in Portuguese, with visceral, sensual lyrics in the vein of Caetano Veloso and the melodic flourishes of Tom Jobim.

However, the music gets a deliberate minimalist treatment rarely found in contemporary Brazilian music, more reminiscent of the bareness of Leonard Cohen, with touches of tropicalia, folk, and cosmic jazz.

A long-time fixture of American and Brazilian music scenes -- as a collaborator with NY guitar legend Yonatan Gat and co-founder of São Paulo rockers Garotas Suecas -- Sessa's solo debut album is a soft focus portrait of Brazilian music, with a sensibility that propels its devotional sounds towards the decisively modern territory.

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Download Jamila Woods' song paying tribute to Frida Kahlo

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This week's download comes from Jamila Woods and her latest album "LEGACY!LEGACY!" You have seven days to download her song "FRIDA."

Jamila Woods

More than just giving the song titles the names of historical black and brown icons of literature, art, and music, Jamila Woods builds a sonic and lyrical monument to the various modes of how these icons tried to push beyond the margins a country had assigned to them.

This July 6 would have been Frida Kahlo's 112th birthday. On July 6 and 7, Farmhouse Paint & Sip will celebrate Frida's birthday with Frida Fest.

Frida Fest Milwaukee aims to promote LatinX artists in Southeastern Wisconsin by highlighting the works and writings of the icon Frida Kahlo in a two-day interactive cultural art festival.

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Download Injury Reserve's 'Gravy n' Biscuits'

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This week's download comes from the Arizona-based hip-hop group Injury Reserve. You have seven days to download their song "Gravy n' Biscuits"

Injury Reserve
Injury Reserve

Injury Reserve are an Arizona-based alternative rap trio whose music is highly reminiscent of golden age hip-hop acts like A Tribe Called Quest and Black Sheep, yet thoroughly in tune with the sounds and issues of the 2010s. While their songs are playful and exuberant, relating stories of everyday events and daily struggles, their music is also urgent and socially conscious, criticizing the music industry and addressing issues such as racism.

Consisting of MCs Ritchie with a T and Stepa J. Groggs and producer Parker Corey, Injury Reserve formed in Tempe in 2014 and released their debut EP Cooler Colors that year. The release featured heavy, boom-bap production, but by the time the group released their full-length debut Live from the Dentist Office in 2015, their sound was slightly mellower and jazzier. 

The album included guest appearances by Vic Mensa and Cakes da Killa, and featured more varied production, ranging from caustic trap to dreamy chillwave.

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Download Rhye's new song, 'Needed'

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This week's download comes from Rhye and their latest project "Spirit." You have seven days to download the song "Needed."

Mike Milosh from Rhye

"About a year and a half ago, my girlfriend surprised me with a borrowed piano," Mike Milosh says. "It wasn't in the best shape, but it made itself at home in my apartment and I started playing it every morning... just messing around at first, but it slowly became a morning ritual I couldn't shake."

Out of the many sketches, "Spirit" started to take shape. "It's a collection of songs I did alone in the studio with just a piano, intertwined with collaborations with some of my favorite piano-based musicians," Milosh says. One such musician is Dan Wilson, formerly of the band Semisonic, who counts Adele's "Someone Like You" as a co-writing credit.

On "Needed," Milosh and Wilson's songwriting chemistry is evident. There's an undeniable loveliness in the song's spare and cavernous arrangement. "Needed" is just right mix of strings, guitar, and synths that add rich textures to the melody while allowing notes from a grand piano and Milosh's voice stand at the center.

Speaking on the track, Milosh says: "Needed" is a song about something greater than wanting someone in your life, or to be wanted, or liked or loved. It's about that deeper yearning to be needed by someone you love, to feel that sense of purpose. Maybe we don't all feel that, but for those who do, I can only hope that this song touches you.

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Download Steel Pulse's latest song 'Cry Cry Blood'

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This week's download comes from reggae legends Steel Pulse and their latest album "Mass Manipulation." You have seven days to download their song "Cry Cry Blood."

Steel Pulse

U.K. reggae legends Steel Pulse announced today their first new studio album in 15 years, "Mass Manipulation," out May 17 via Rootfire Cooperative in partnership with Steel Pulse's own imprint, Wiseman Doctrine. Lead single "Cry Cry Blood" debuts today. Rolling Stone calls the track "a meditative rocker with deftly placed horns, guitars and strings bubbling up above the song's thumping groove," noting that "David Hinds' lyrics touch on injustice and violence, but end with a revolutionary call as he sings, 'The whole world's taking advantage/While we stand aside and look/It was prophesied we'd rise again/Just take a second look.'" Recorded over the course of several years on three continents, the track can now be streamed/shared at

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Haviah Mighty's 'Wishy-Washy' should be added to your playlist right now

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This week's download comes from Canadian rapper Haviah Mighty latest release "13th Floor."

Haviah Mighty
Haviah Mighty

Haviah Mighty didn't need to change her birth name when she decided to dedicate her career to music. In fact, Mighty couldn't be more accurate a word to describe the 26-year-old artist, named one of XXL's 15 Toronto Rappers You Should Know in 2019.

Raised in a musical household in Brampton, Ontario, Mighty started singing at the age of 4, rapping at 11, and producing at 15.

Well-known for being one of the three MCs who make up The Sorority -- a hip-hop group born during an all-female cypher on International Women's Day in 2016 -- Mighty is making equally large waves as a solo artist.
Haviah has been releasing music independently since 2009, but it was her project, Flower City (2017), that propelled her solo career into further success. In 2018, Mighty's track "Vámonos" appeared on HBO's hit series, "Insecure." That same year, Mighty was declared winner of the prestigious 2018/2019 Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class.

Haviah Mighty - "Wishy Washy" feat. Omega Mighty

Haviah's explosive live show, filled with in-your-face intensity and her fast, technical flows, has also quickly developed her reputation as one to keep an eye on, earning her opening slots for acclaimed artists like Sheck Wes, Nelly, Desiigner, Kranium, A Tribe Called Red, and Snoop Dogg.

In 2019, Mighty is preparing to release her most fully realized body of work to date, and continues to carve out spaces that boldly defy gendered expectations for women in hip hop.

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