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In our second installment of New Artist Spotlight we are bringing you music that explore everything from love to art to self-discovery.
“All In” is the new anti-hookup anthem written and produced by multi hyphenate Grady. Pulling inspiration from his own experiences, Grady encourages embracing true love and not letting “dating rules” get in the way of expressing those feelings.
“You hear all the time, ‘Don’t double text, don’t simp, don’t be thirsty.’ ‘All In’ is the opposite of all those new rules, it’s just – “fuck it, I like you, I’m all in,” Grady says.
Grady’s songwriting and sonic signature can be heard in previous work and collaborations including Ant Saunders (“Spoiled”), Bryce Vine (“Problems”), Noah Cyrus (“All Three”), The Chainsmokers and Kygo (“Family”), and Whethan.
There is lots more music from Grady to look forward to later this year.
Multi-instrumentalist producer Brant Jackson has released his honest new track, “Sacrifices.” Over a blended pop/hip hop/R&B melody and echoed synth, Jackson struggles with anxiety and comes to the realization that things work out how they are supposed to. The emotional track is paired with a stunning, muted video. Fans of Jackson’s sound can also checkout his new 7- track EP ‘Phases.’
Following his sultry dance pop track, “Fatal Attraction,” rising pop singer/songwriter Rudy Touzet is back with his new single “Play Me Again.” Known for his relationship tracks that will make you dance, cry and sing, the Miami-born Cuban/American artist sings of being with someone and never wanting that moment to end. Like the title suggests, you will want to replay this catchy track.
“Rules” is the latest single from Brooklyn based artist and producer Richie Quake. In the track co-written with Andy Stavrapolis (The Knocks, Sofi Tukker, Jai Wolf), Quakes reflects on his own relationship mistakes.
“In my last relationship, I fell for my ex-girlfriend when I was still dating someone else and, even though I tried hard to deny my feelings, I still ended up giving in to my desires and breaking my own rules,” Quake shared.
Quake also uses the track to experiment with pop, R&B and psychedelic influences through his signature falsetto, soaked synth, and groovy guitar.
Quake plans to release more music later this year.
“Some Kind of Loser” is the new single from Toronto-based band Jiants. The epic track begins with an orchestral string opening by jazz artist Drew Jurecka that swells to an indie-rock melody reminiscent of 90s Coldplay. The music is paired with lyrics that encourage listeners to follow their own path despite distractions and frustrations.
Combine melodies evocative of Walk The Moon and Brandon Urie style vocals and you have alternative rock band, Wild Truth. This concoction is on full display on their brand new EP “Drift.” Across 5-tracks, including the lead single, “No Filter,” the quartet navigates the stages of self-discovery.
“Whole Foods Parking Lot” is the new single from indie-pop singer/songwriter Hannah Hausman. Inspired by a run-in with a toxic ex, the single acknowledges the initial shock, but eventually evolves into acceptance of the situation and empowerment.
Growing up, Alma Grace was influenced by fellow artist Frida Khalo. Grace was drawn to Khalo’s impact on gender, sexuality, race, and beauty. Now an artist herself, Grace is paying homage to the icon with her forthcoming debut EP, ‘FRIDA,’ due out on May 5th. Following her bisexual, feminist anthem “Girl Fight,” “Aventura” is a spanish-english narrative inspired by Khalo’s affairs.
“I loved the double meaning of the word “aventura”—it simultaneously means adventure and affair, and Frida certainly had her fill of both,” Grace writes. “Frida is rumored to have had affairs with everyone from Leon Trotsky to Georgia O’Keeffe. She lived her life loving whoever she wanted to love—a courageous philosophy for a woman in the early 1900s and in the modern day.”
Khalo’s impact on Grace also extends into her activism. Since attending her first protest at the age of 13, she has volunteered with Harlem and Bronx community focused organizations, and defended immigrants facing deportation before the U.S. Senate.
After three critically acclaimed singles, Tae returns with her alluring new song “Moonlight. The indie-pop track, “is all about the fun of falling love with someone-the infatuation, butterflies-the bliss.,” Tae says.