Staff Picks https://blog.stingray.com/staff-picks en Artists to Watch | February 2019 https://blog.stingray.com/artists-watch-february-2019 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Artists to Watch | February 2019</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/122" lang="" about="/user/122" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Eva and Sophie</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 01/31/2019</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong>From viral sensations to promising up-and-comers, 2019 is producing an incredible crop of new artists that remind us why we listen to music at all. Here are some of our favorites so far. </strong></p> <p> </p> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_N1123&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=americanafest-2018-fresh-vibe&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=artists-to-watch-september-2018" target="_blank">⏯🎧</a></span></p> <p> </p> <h3><span><span><span><strong>Empress Of</strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><strong><img alt="empressof" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c8c131bc-fc7b-42f8-819a-c0e2645c876b" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/empressof.png" /></strong></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>The Honduran L.A.-based artist was first inspired to get into music by her father, a salsa pianist. She attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she spent her time learning how to make beats. She The Honduran L.A.-based artist was first inspired to get into music by her father, a salsa pianist. She attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she spent time learning how to make beats. She wrote, produced, and recorded her first album, Me, and has recently released her sophomore album, <em>Us</em>.</span></span></span></li> </ul><p><strong><span><span><span>On repeat: “I Don't Even Smoke Weed”</span></span></span></strong></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong>Bri Steves</strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><strong><img alt="bristeves" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ed2402cb-7cf0-46f7-b8ff-f1ee3bb83ccb" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/bristeves-Meta.png" /></strong></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>This up-and-coming Philadelphia rapper met with G.O.O.D. Music, Top Dawg Entertainment, and Atlantic Records before deciding to sign with the latter. She engineers, produces, and writes her own songs. Since independently releasing tracks in 2016, she's performed on stage with Kendrick Lamar in 2018 and is expected to release her debut album this year.</span></span></span></li> </ul><p><strong><span><span><span>On repeat: “Jealousy”</span></span></span></strong></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong>Lucky Daye</strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><strong><img alt="lucky daye" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2caf4003-9bd3-4295-907c-6ace18cadabe" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/luckydaye.png" /></strong></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>Born and raised in New Orleans, this R&amp;B singer grew up strictly listening to secular music as his mother belonged to a religious cult. He left New Orleans for L.A. to pursue his career and was barely scraping by when met Dernst "D'Mile" Emile II, a producer who has worked with Janet Jackson, Ty Dolla $ign and The Carters. Daye is now signed to RCA Records and has released his first major EP, I.</span></span></span><span><span><span> </span></span></span></li> </ul><p><strong><span><span><span>On repeat: “Roll Some Mo”</span></span></span></strong></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong>Conan Gray </strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><strong><img alt="conan gray" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2f9945ae-8b82-439c-8629-a492846cd811" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/conangray.png" /></strong></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>Originally a YouTuber, this 19-year-old Texan amassed over 20 million streams with his self-produced <em>Idle</em> Town in 2017. It was this traction that caught the attention of labels - he was signed to Republic Records later that year. His debut EP, <em>Sunset Season</em>, was released in November 2018 and he is currently on tour in North America.</span></span></span></li> </ul><p><strong><span><span><span>On repeat: “Crush Culture”</span></span></span></strong></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong>Whethan</strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><strong><img alt="whethan" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="721550d6-b34a-411e-9800-d0f6912eb38e" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/whethan.png" /></strong></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>The 19-year-old Chicago-based producer and DJ has been selling out shows across North America following the release of his debut EP<em> Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1</em>. He first gained attention from electronic producers like Skrillex and Flux Pavilion. At such an early stage in his career, he has already collaborated and produced for big names like Dua Lipa and Portugal. The Man.</span></span></span></li> </ul><p><strong><span><span><span><span>On repeat: “Superlove (feat. Oh Wonder)”</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p> </p> <h3><span><span><span><strong>Alec Benjamin</strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><strong><img alt="alec benjamin" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="96f92ecb-b91e-4052-87f7-f171bce19329" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/alecbenjamin.png" /></strong></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>The 24-year-old singer songwriter was inspired to get into music by Eminem, whose album he bought when he was ten years old. In 2016 he went to Europe for a "self-booked" tour, performing for crowds standing in line outside Shawn Mendes and Troye Sivan concerts, handing out business cards. His dedication and hard work paid off - in 2018 he was an opener for Camilla Cabello's <em>Never Be The Same Tour</em> and his songs have garnered over 50 million streams.</span></span></span></li> </ul><p><strong><span><span><span>On repeat: “Let Me Down Slowly”</span></span></span></strong></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong>Roddy Ricch</strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><strong><img alt="roddy ricch" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="540d5729-f62f-4702-a901-53924f8cc137" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/roddyricch.png" /></strong></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>The Compton rapper's breakout single, "Die Young" has racked more than 19 million streams and was produced by acclaimed producer London On Da Track. He was recently featured in Meek Mill's album, <em>Championships</em>, who brought him out for his show at Powerhouse in Philly. He's garnered co-signs from rappers like Nipsey Hussle and Vince Staples.</span></span></span></li> </ul><p><strong><span><span><span>On repeat: “Can't Express”</span></span></span></strong></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong>Young Nudy </strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><strong><img alt="youn gnudy" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cb067f7e-5422-464d-8ba6-70cac00e5383" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/youngnudy.png" /></strong></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>The East Atlanta rapper was first recognized after the release of his <em>Slimeball </em>mixtape in 2016. He opened for both 21 Savage and Playboi Carti on their respective tours, and has worked with numerous A-list rappers like Offset and Lil Yachty. Many of his beats are inspired by cartoons and video games from his childhood.</span></span></span></li> </ul><p><strong><span><span><span>On repeat: “Friday”</span></span></span></strong></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong>RÜFÜS DU SOL </strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><strong><img alt="rufus du sol" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="2b756864-3647-4f89-880a-32d6c1cbad5c" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/rufusdusol.png" /></strong></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>The Grammy-nominated Australian trio has two platinum albums and have played at major music festivals around the world, including Coachella. They are currently a part of ODESZA's Foreign Family Collective and the independent Australian dance/electronic label, Sweat It Out. Their third album, <em>Solace</em>, which was released in late 2018, has received critical acclaim.</span></span></span></li> </ul><p><strong><span><span><span>On repeat: “No Place”</span></span></span></strong></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong>Robinson </strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><strong><img alt="robinson" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b7fe4580-1805-4fd2-b400-2e0f4e0ec90c" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/robinson.png" /></strong></span></span></span></p> <ul><li><span><span><span>The 21-year-old from New Zealand signed with Sony in early 2018 and her first single since, <em>Nothing To Regret</em>, reached over 300,000 streams within two days. She started to play piano at age 14 and learned the guitar through video tutorials. Despite her career kicking off very recently, she has already toured in Europe and is now headlining shows in Australia.</span></span></span></li> </ul><p><strong><span><span><span>On repeat: “Medicine”</span></span></span></strong></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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His debut album <i>blkswn</i> was released in 2017 and received widespread praise from artists such as T-Pain and SZA, who both brought him on their respective tours. He has previously played at Lollapalooza and has a slot at Coachella 2019.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>On repeat: “KLINK”</span></span></span></p> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_N0625&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=americanafest-2018-fresh-vibe&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=artists-to-watch-september-2018" target="_blank">⏯🎧</a></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>H.E.R.</span></span></span></h2> <p><img alt="her" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="67f9fa67-4c62-485a-b09c-e97f28af068a" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/her.png" /></p> <p><span><span><span>When the Grammy-nominated R&amp;B singer was first on the rise, she kept her identity anonymous so that people would focus on her music rather than her image. At 10 years- old, she was deemed a prodigy when she performed the Alicia Keys song, “No One,” on the TODAY Show. She’s come a long way since then, releasing one album and 5 EPs, and collaborating with artists like Bryson Tiller, Daniel Caesar, and Ella Mai.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>On repeat: “Could’ve Been” feat. Bryson Tiller</span></span></span></p> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_N1147&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=americanafest-2018-fresh-vibe&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=artists-to-watch-september-2018" target="_blank">⏯🎧</a></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Joji</span></span></span></h2> <p><img alt="joji" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="41ce88e0-d54b-4cb4-92ff-6d3e1ffda26c" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/joji.png" /></p> <p><span><span><span>Born in Japan and now residing in the United States, he is the first Asian-born artist to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&amp;B/Hip-Hop Albums with <i>Ballads 1</i>. Initially known for his YouTube personality, Pink Guy, he gained popularity when he joined the Asian-American collective 88rising and redirected his career towards music. His album is mostly self-produced but also features collaborations with Clams Casino, Thundercat, Trippie Redd, and Shlohmo. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>On repeat: “Slow Dancing In The Dark”</span></span></span></p> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_S0480&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=americanafest-2018-fresh-vibe&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=artists-to-watch-september-2018" target="_blank">⏯🎧</a></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>Mahalia</span></span></span></h2> <p><img alt="mahalia" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bdccf01d-5949-4102-9090-ed6f5ba58b65" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/mahalia.png" /></p> <p><span><span><span>The English singer-songwriter signed to Atlantic Records at the age of 13 and was recently nominated for this year’s Critic’s Choice (Brit Award). Her debut EP <i>Never Change</i> was co-created with Drake’s producer, Nineteen85. She supported both Ed Sheeran and Jorja Smith in their shows, worked with artists like Russ, and had her music featured in the Issa Rae’s hit TV show, <i>Insecure</i>. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>On repeat: “I Wish I Missed My Ex”</span></span></span></p> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_S0282&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=americanafest-2018-fresh-vibe&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=artists-to-watch-september-2018" target="_blank">⏯🎧</a></span></p> <h2><span><span><span>The Internet</span></span></span></h2> <p><img alt="theinternet" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8e50aa4f-9374-4623-9b25-d01d62a94669" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/theinternet.png" /></p> <p><span><span><span>This unconventional L.A.-based R&amp;B band originated from the collective Odd Future. The group is led by Grammy-nominated vocalist, Syd, who self-produced her solo album and has received praise from major artists like Beyoncé, Adele, and Pharrell. The guitarist, Steve Lacy, has produced for Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, The Creator, and J. Cole. Their fourth and latest album <i>Hive Mind</i> has received widespread critical acclaim. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>On repeat: “Come Over”</span></span></span></p> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_N0542&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=americanafest-2018-fresh-vibe&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=artists-to-watch-september-2018" target="_blank">⏯🎧</a></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <h2> </h2> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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My goal is not to spark endless debate, but to make you discover new music. And spark endless debate.</span></span></span></p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <h2><span><span><span><span><span>5. Vince Staples – FM!</span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="Vince Staples – FM!" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8dd92a9e-a78f-4b0a-9816-d10fa7a6e9fa" height="531" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Vince%20Staples%20%E2%80%93%20FM%21.jpg" width="531" /></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>___</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Cali native Vince Staples is smarter than your average trap rapper, as he constantly flips the mainstream rap formula on its head with dark humour, irony and unpredictable detours. FM! is a breezy listen, a compact 22-minute album formatted to sound like a radio program. Catchy songs are punctuated by disc jockeys taking calls. High-profile guests drop by and do their thing on a 45-second song snippet, never to be heard from again. Barely any track breaks the 3-minute mark. A slightly disorienting, yet very rewarding project.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><span>4. Jay Rock – Redemption</span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><img alt="Jay Rock – Redemption" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bebff921-9b68-4bd0-815e-1dddc3e09757" height="318" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Jay%20Rock%20%E2%80%93%20Redemption.png" width="318" /></p> <p>___</p> <p><span><span><span>Another West Coast rapper, Jay Rock is one of the few tenants of the O.G. gangsta rap sound. Redemption, released on the Top Dawg Label (also home to Kendrick Lamar), is simultaneously dark and victorious – a collection of street tales underpinned by glimmers of hope. If you’re into rappers like YG or The Game, check out Jay Rock.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><span>3. Proc Fiskal – Insula</span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><img alt="Proc Fiskal – Insula" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="acfd4f8e-c154-4964-94ae-3746997237e4" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Proc%20Fiskal%20%E2%80%93%20Insula.jpg" /></p> <p>___</p> <p><span><span><span>Proc Fiskal is a young Scottish producer whose sound is a blend of jungle, grime and video game music. Most of Insula operates at a tempo that could either be interpreted as “relaxed” or “bonkers”, as each bar is filled to the brim with staccato percussion and sound effects. This is quite a joyful and sunny album overall, released on a label that’s known for its excellent quality control, Hyperdub.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><span>2. Dave Chose – Dave Chose</span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><img alt="Dave Chose – Dave Chose" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9546ad6f-148b-4d90-9b08-fa73f8c02e1b" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Dave%20Chose%20%E2%80%93%20Dave%20Chose.jpg" /></p> <p>___</p> <p><span><span><span>La Presse recently said that Dave Chose’s debut album “talks about a lot of little things”, and I tend to disagree. I’d say it talks about a lot of BIG things – addiction, depression, fear, wanting to be a better person. This is a very personal, relatable, gripping indie folk-rock album anchored by tasteful and sometimes grandiose production. I’m excited to see what’s next for Dave Chose, as you should be. Protip: get a hold of the lyrics.</span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><span>1. Travis Scott – Astroworld</span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><img alt="Travis Scott – Astroworld" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6c12bbea-9e8a-49b7-a080-0fa6257b3d88" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Travis%20Scott%20%E2%80%93%20Astroworld.png" /></p> <p>___</p> <p><span><span><span>I love/hate this album. The lyrics are vague and not really about anything. Travis Scott proudly deals in tired hip-hop tropes: sex, drugs, being the best in the game. Yay, Drake drops by and raps about taking Xanax so he can sleep through a flight. Cool story, bro. So why can’t I stop listening to Astroworld? Well for one, the over-the-top, alien production is amazing. If Vince Staples flips the genre on its head with his lyrics, Travis Scott is doing the same with the beats. The album’s biggest single, “Sicko Mode”, is an extended three-parter that gets more and more exciting as it progresses (it’s like the opposite of The Matrix trilogy). And if you’re at all familiar with Southern hip-hop, you’ll catch dozens of references to the region’s rich musical history: DJ Screw, Big Hawk, Goodie Mob and countless others are given shout-outs here. So if, like me, you’re of the “music first, lyrics second” type when it comes to hip-hop, then I highly recommend Astroworld.</span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><span><span><span>Final disclaimer: I’m still digesting the new Earl Sweatshirt album. Can I put it in my 2019 list?</span></span></span></p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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Toutefois, avant de tourner la page sur ce millésime, pourquoi ne pas prêter attention à ses récoltes musicales les plus marquantes. Voici 10 joyaux qui ont su nous toucher, divertir, élever l’âme, voire même nous secouer. Levons nos verres aux meilleurs albums de l’année 2018!</p> <p> </p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"><img alt="01.Après Fred Pellerin" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="59b7450a-3804-4658-a383-24b130ebc14c" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/01.Apr%C3%A8s%20Fred%20Pellerin_0.jpg" /></div> <div class="col"> <p> </p> <p><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-white">1. <strong><em> Après</em> de Fred Pellerin </strong></span></span></p> <p><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-white">__</span></span></p> <p><span class="color-white">Ce disque, c’est Fred Pellerin qui nous invite dans le confort de sa maison. Nous conviant chaleureusement à prendre place dans son salon, sur le bord d’un magnifique feu de foyer, un bon café chaud à la main. Ses interprétations nous réconfortent et nous calment. Un véritable temps d’arrêt au flux continuel de nos espaces-temps trop souvent expéditifs. Fred Pellerin nous aide à prendre le temps au lieu de courir <strong>après</strong>.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row"> <div class="col"> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span class="color-black"><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-black">2. <strong><em> Darlène</em> d'Hubert Lenoir </strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span class="color-black"><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-black">__</span></span></span></p> <p><span class="color-black">Album pop audacieux qui mélange les influences de soul, de glam rock, de jazz et de psychédélique. De beaux arrangements à l’étoffe libérée qui donne envie de danser. Et que dire de la présence du saxophone qui titille nos tympans de ses admirables lignes mélodiques. Un opéra postmoderne qui a les qualités de traverser le temps. En prêtant une oreille à la musique d’Hubert Lenoir, nous nous ouvrons de surcroît à cette nouvelle génération d’artistes inventifs et surprenants.</span></p> </div> <div class="col"> <p><img alt="02. Darlène d’Hubert Lenoir" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7380a110-bccd-4600-b6bc-cb585acd4871" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/02.Darl%C3%A8ne%20d%E2%80%99Hubert%20Lenoir.jpg" /></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"><img alt="03.Cure d’Eddy de Pretto" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8b353dd2-bfe5-4894-a099-ffda7fa5061d" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/03.Cure%20d%E2%80%99Eddy%20de%20Pretto.jpg" /></div> <div class="col"> <p> </p> <p><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-white">3. <strong><em> Cure</em> d'Eddy de Pretto</strong></span></span></p> <p><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-white">__</span></span></p> <p><span class="color-white">Un album rap qui puise son essence dans la chanson française. Brel et Brassens auraient été certainement séduits par ce jeune auteur. Les textes sont vifs, incisifs et lui permettent de matérialiser ses maux en d’admirables combinaisons de mots. Il se raconte avec éloquence et véhémence. Une perle d’inventivité qu’Eddy de Pretto offre à la musique française. Ses textes sont des colliers de mots que l’on porte fièrement au cou, soit entre le cœur et la tête, entre la raison et la passion. Là où l’émotion est interprétée avec une grande lucidité.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row"> <div class="col"> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span class="color-black"><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-black">4. <strong><em> Bleu nuit</em> de Claude Bégin</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span class="color-black"><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-black">__</span></span></span></p> <p><span class="color-black">Véritable menuisier de la chanson, Claude Bégin signe la réalisation et les arrangements de son 2e album avec grande inspiration. Le multi-instrumentiste assemble efficacement de jolies mélodies pop à des rythmes urbains. Superbement, il fait jaillir d’excellentes envolées de cordes sur ses chansons. C’est d’ailleurs ces arrangements orchestraux qui confèrent une aura cinématographique à l’ensemble de l’œuvre. La puissance de sa musique nous transporte pleinement sur la chanson "Si tu m’invites".</span></p> </div> <div class="col"> <p><img alt="02. Darlène d’Hubert Lenoir" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e498f690-8863-4d54-bbb5-21bcaf4b652f" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/04.Bleu%20nuit%20de%20Claude%20B%C3%A9gin.jpg" /></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"><img alt="Petites mains précieuses d’Ariane Moffatt" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f4e7c302-edc7-4d5c-8da9-99b09541fd5e" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/05.Petites%20mains%20pr%C3%A9cieuses%20d%E2%80%99Ariane%20Moffatt.jpg" /></div> <div class="col"> <p> </p> <p><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-white">5. <strong><em> Petites mains précieuses</em> d'Ariane Moffatt</strong></span></span></p> <p><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-white">__</span></span></p> <p><span class="color-white">Un album soigné et poli. L’auditeur est respecté dans sa quête à recevoir des chansons justes et professionnellement réalisées. Et c’est justement ce professionnalisme qui donne à cet album sa force. Avec Philippe Brault à la réalisation, la musique et les paroles sont d’une qualité qui confère à ce disque une belle profondeur. Chaque mot y est déposé comme on porte un enfant à son lit. Avec intelligente et attention, Ariane Moffatt nous livre des chansons intimes directement tirées de son essence.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row"> <div class="col"> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span class="color-black"><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-black">6. <strong><em> Premier Juin</em> de Lydia Képinski</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span class="color-black"><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-black">__</span></span></span></p> <p><span class="color-black">Dès l’écoute de sa chanson portant le même titre que l’album, nous vivons une expérience auditive hors du commun. La recherche d’un ailleurs dans sa démarche artistique nous séduit totalement. Espiègle, elle se livre avec une vigueur juvénile. L’ensemble de l’œuvre est empreint une souveraineté vitaminée. C’est dans un rock-électropop parfaitement assorti que sa proposition musicale reste brillamment oxygénée. Bien qu’elle puisse parfois jouer autour de la piscine des conventions, elle n’y plonge jamais. Pas même un orteil. Elle ne fait que la surveiller afin de ne pas y tomber par inadvertance.</span></p> </div> <div class="col"> <p><img alt="Premier juin Lydia Képinski" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a395034c-9eb8-4daa-94cd-c706b0fb4284" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/06.Premier%20juin%20Lydia%20K%C3%A9pinski.jpg" /></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"><img alt="07.L’Amour et le chaos d’Alfa Rococo" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="abf9b911-e642-479c-8a66-13f06c571e1d" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/07.L%E2%80%99Amour%20et%20le%20chaos%20d%E2%80%99Alfa%20Rococo.jpg" /></div> <div class="col"> <p> </p> <p><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-white">7. <strong><em> L'amour et le chaos </em>d'Alfa Rococo</strong></span></span></p> <p><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-white">__</span></span></p> <p><span class="color-white">Un voyage captivant à travers les hauts et les bas de notre époque précaire. Le duo peint un portrait lucide de notre société où le pessimisme et l’optimisme se rencontre à couteaux tirés. La musique pop moderne qu’ils proposent se veut un excellent vecteur d’espérance qui perfore l’épaisse couche de nos angoisses urbaines. Dans un élan de conviction, Alfa Rococo nous souffle à l’oreille que quelque chose de plus beau va renaître. Une brise poétique à nos âmes affligées.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row"> <div class="col"> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span class="color-black"><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-black">8. <strong><em> En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé</em> de Coeur de Pirate</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span class="color-black"><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-black">__</span></span></span></p> <p><span class="color-black">Un 4e album bien ficelé pour cette auteure-compositrice-interprète de qualité. Sa poésie ne manque jamais à l’appel sur cet album exclusivement francophone. Cœur de Pirate nous offre de belles mélodies pop française moderne qui prennent racine dans un romantisme tout aussi contemporain. Si l’amour a toujours été chanté, la chanteuse poursuit cette tradition dans une intensité et une beauté dont seuls les artistes de talent savent le faire.</span></p> </div> <div class="col"> <p><img alt="08.En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé de Cœur de pirate " data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a3a1089a-173e-4c56-95b8-32d8efc99640" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/08.En%20cas%20de%20temp%C3%AAte%2C%20ce%20jardin%20sera%20ferm%C3%A9%20de%20C%C5%93ur%20de%20pirate%20.jpg" /></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"><img alt="09.Grosso-Modo Seba et Horg" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cebfdb81-f74b-46bf-a5dd-1514a7fc3711" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/09.Grosso-Modo%20Seba%20et%20Horg.jpg" /></div> <div class="col"> <p> </p> <p><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-white">9. <strong><em> Grosso-Modo</em> de Seba et Horg</strong></span></span></p> <p><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-white">__</span></span></p> <p><span class="color-white">Avec leur premier « single » Vintage à l’os, le duo est arrivé en force dans le décor musical québécois. Des chansons créées avec d’honnêtes et efficaces arrangements. On baigne dans une atmosphère musicale légère sans être simple. L’humour y est bien joué sans jamais tomber dans la dérision facile. Du pur divertissement! Des textes bien ancrés dans la culture populaire. Cet album est <strong>Grosso-Modo</strong> la vision de nous qu’il nous manquait.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row"> <div class="col"> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span class="color-black"><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-black">10. <strong><em> Les matricides</em> de Fuudge</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span class="color-black"><span class="size-h3"><span class="color-black">__</span></span></span></p> <p><span class="color-black">Fuudge, ce sont des musiciens montréalais diplômés en matière de rock abrasif et puissant. Parfois, ils s’évadent dans des passages psychédéliques pour mieux revenir au rock lourd. Tel un éléphant dans une boutique de porcelaine, ça brasse et ça casse! De solides lignes mélodiques dessinées au crayon noir foncé provoquent une catharsis émotionnelle. Les crottes sur le cœur sont rapidement chassées. Le « Air guitar » est également garanti.</span></p> </div> <div class="col"> <p><img alt="10.Les matricides Fuudge" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="20142065-c667-4804-b8b8-fef9f86f2c11" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/10.Les%20matricides%20Fuudge.jpg" /></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Restez à l'affût des dernières nouvelles musicales. 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There was also John Coltrane’s lost album <i><em>Both Directions At Once</em></i>. Some amazing hidden gems were released by Ben Lamar Gay, Chris Dave, or Ambrose Akinmusire. And there was the whole British jazz explosion: Ezra Collective, Joe Armon-Jones, Kamaal Williams, Maisha, Moses Boyd, Sons Of Kemet and many more who released new albums in 2018. Yet, no other album epitomized the year better than<em> <i>We Out Here</i></em>.</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_S0529&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=americanafest-2018-fresh-vibe&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=artists-to-watch-september-2018" target="_blank">⏯🎧</a></span></p> <p><span><span><span>For many years, Gilles Peterson has been a prime international music tastemaker when it comes to jazz, soul, and pretty much every other related music genre. From his London headquarters, the influential DJ-broadcaster has introduced emerging artists to worldwide audiences on his BBC Radio show as well as through his “Brownswood Recordings” label, the Worldwide Festival and its namesake radio station. Curated by the man himself, <em>We Out Here</em> is a compilation album that showcases the young musicians of the London jazz scene.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Throughout his career, Peterson mainly released compilations albums under his <a>name</a>. Although he has put out many jazz compilations, he has recently focused on Brazilian, African, and Cuban music. No compilation has proved as influential as <i><em>We Out Here</em></i>, which gave a boost to the careers of Maisha, Ezra Collective, Moses Boyd, Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia, and Joe Armon-Jones.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>More importantly, <em>We Out Here </em>gave fresh awareness to the UK jazz scene. The last time British jazz attracted so much attention was in the ‘90s when Peterson introduced the acid jazz phenomenon to global audiences. What’s different with this year’s compilation however, is that this time the music sounds so much more like jazz since the artists that have been selected do not wander far from the jazz tradition.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The opening track by <a href="https://blog.stingray.com/there-place-maisha?utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">Maisha</a> incorporates exotic eastern influences and doesn’t contain any steady rhythm although it is full of percussive richness. Ezra Collective’s track evokes Carribean calypso elements, while Moses Boyd’s performance mixes synthetic and repetitive EDM elements with an explosive saxophone solo. While fully acoustic, Theon Cross’ track is also unusual in terms of the drumming, which sound nothing like typical jazz drums.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Nubya Garcia’s performance is probably the most traditional sounding of the first five tracks. Although Garcia is one of the preeminent artists of the London and UK jazz scenes, she is far from a jazz traditionalist. The same stylistic narrative is heard throughout the rest of the album with performances by Shabaka Hutchings, Triforce, Joe Armon-Jones and Kokoroko. Various musical genres from across London and UK musical cultures are blended with the abstract framework of the jazz tradition.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em>We Out Here</em> is accompanied by a documentary film that captures a more intimate portrait of the artistic community involved in the album’s production. The film not only helps the album stand out amongst other 2018 releases, it also gives additional insight into the music.<em>We Out Here</em> sums up 2018 better than any other jazz album in a year that marked the global resurgence of British jazz.</span></span></span></p> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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Here are fun facts about our TOP 5. Let the jingles bell!</span></span></span></p> <p><em>Listen to your favorite Christmas soundtracks on Stingray Music:</em></p> <p><a class="button" href="//music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_N1307?utm_source=referral&amp;utm_medium=stingray-music-blog" target="_blank">🎧⏯</a></p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"><img alt="Home Alone" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0958082e-f125-4104-be5f-31a43cfd3f87" height="365" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Home%20Alone.jpg" width="261" /></div> <div class="col"> <h2><span class="color-white"><strong><em>Home Alone</em> theme by John Williams</strong></span></h2> <p><span class="color-white">You might not know him, but John Williams is one of the most famous music composers of all times. He is behind the iconic soundtracks to the <em>Star Wars</em> series, the first 3 <em>Harry Potter </em>movies, <em>E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial</em>, <em>Jaws</em>, <em>Superman,</em> the <em>Indiana Jones</em> series, the first two <em>Jurassic Park</em> films, and so many more including the theme to the first two <em>Home Alone </em>movies entitled "Somewhere in my Memory".</span></p> <p><span class="color-white">Not only has John Williams been critically acclaimed for his many masterpieces, but it is safe to say that his music is closely connected to many of our memories.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row"> <div class="col"> <h2><span><span><span><strong><em>A Charlie Brown Christmas</em> by Vince Guaraldi</strong></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>This classic animated film was released in 1965. By that time, the Peanuts comic strip was already beloved by millions. The creator of A Charlie Brown Christmas, Charles Schulz, partnered with director Bill Melendez and they got sponsored by Coca-Cola. The movie was done on the cheap and changed over time. For example, Coca-Cola’s logo was removed from several shots, and the movie has been cut to allow more time for commercials.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas was composed by American jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi. In 1964, Guaraldi also composed the music for a documentary on the Peanuts comic strip and its creator.</span></span></span></p> </div> <div class="col"> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="A Charlie Brown Christmas" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4d980325-2b85-4a9e-8ed0-2652868bd980" height="234" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Charlie%20Brown.PNG" width="416" /></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"><figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt="Home Alone" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cf70830f-b002-41ad-82d7-6a3f968bfe75" height="365" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Roland%20L%C3%B6sslein.jpg" width="261" /><figcaption>© Roland Lösslein</figcaption></figure></div> <div class="col"> <h2><span class="color-white"><strong><em>Harry Potter</em> theme by John Williams</strong></span></h2> <p> </p> <p><span class="color-white"><span class="color-white">As</span><span class="color-white"> previously mentioned, John Williams composed the theme for the first 3 Harry Potter movies. The instrumental track, Hedwig's Theme, became the theme for every following Harry Potter film. </span></span></p> <p><span class="color-white"><span class="color-white">The composers of the other 5 Harry Potter movies (Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and Alexandre Desplat) reinterpreted the original Hedwig's Theme.</span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row"> <div class="col"> <h2><span><span><span><strong><em>Love Actually</em>’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Olivia Olson</strong></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span>In the movie Love Actually, young actress Olivia Olson performs an incredible rendition of "All I Want for Christmas Is You". We all know Mariah Carey’s original version, but Olivia Olson brought it to another level! Even if her live performance in the movie only lasts </span></span></span>a few minutes, it is etched in our memories. In 2009, the actress and singer admitted in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the team behind the movie asked her to sing it worse than she actually could to make it sounds more like a 10-year old girl.</p> </div> <div class="col"> <p> </p> <p>                 <img alt="love actually" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0f969ed7-ec4d-4f3a-8ad5-29b32cfc6843" height="336" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/love%20actually_0.jpg" width="227" /></p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"><img alt="mean girls" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="429ddb8a-9491-4f77-9d99-f407113f551a" height="359" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/mean%20girls_0.jpg" width="292" /></div> <div class="col"> <h2><span class="color-white"><strong>"Jingle Bell Rock” by the cast of <em>Mean Girls</em></strong></span></h2> <p><span class="color-white">Mean Girls is a pop culture classic. Even if it is not really a holiday film, one scene makes it a seasonal classic. In this scene, the Plastics, the most popular girls in school, perform their own – quite girly - rendition of “Jingle Bell Rock” at a talent show. Their version, choreography, costumes, and glitches, totally revamped this vintage ‘50s Christmas song. </span></p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p><strong><span><span><span>Take a break, pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate, wrap your feet in a warm blanket, and binge watch holiday movies!</span></span></span></strong></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/holiday" hreflang="en">Holiday</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/christmas" hreflang="en">Christmas</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/99" hreflang="en">Stingray Ambiance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/45" hreflang="en">Stingray Brava</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/stingraycmusic" hreflang="en">Stingray CMusic</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/50" hreflang="en">Stingray Juicebox</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/49" hreflang="en">Stingray Loud</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Stingray Retro</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/staff-picks" hreflang="en">Staff Picks</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/83" hreflang="en">French</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/blog/files/2018-12/2-Top-10-Christmas-movies.jpg" width="1200" height="628" alt="Couple watching holiday movies" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cross-promo-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Cross-Promo Image</div> <div class="field__item"> <img src="/sites/blog/files/2018-12/Channel%20Thumbnail.PNG" width="269" height="268" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-cross-promo-link field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Cross-Promo Link</div> <div class="field__item">https://webplayer.stingray.com/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_N1307?utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral</div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-cross-promo-body field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Cross-Promo Body</div> <div class="field__item"><p>Listen to the</p> <p><a><strong>Favorite Christmas Soundtrack Channel</strong></a></p></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:23:57 +0000 Lucille 638 at https://blog.stingray.com 5 Albums You Missed in 2018 | Stingray https://blog.stingray.com/5-albums-you-missed-2018-stingray <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">5 Albums You Missed in 2018 | Stingray</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/121" lang="" about="/user/121" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Rokas</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 12/10/2018</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>2018 was very special for jazz music as the genre became more appealing, listenable, and interesting. Most importantly, however, it appears that jazz was given a new lease on life as more artists started reflecting on and addressing their surrounding cultures. Also, hip-hop and EDM influences, which for more than 3 decades have been gaining enormous global popularity, finally attracted serious attention among jazz artists worldwide.</p> <p>Stingray has already picked<a href="https://blog.stingray.com/jazz-albums-2018-top-10?utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank"> the top 10 jazz albums of 2018</a>. Yet, with so many great albums released this year, some may have slipped under the radar. Here are the top 5 hidden gems that deserve to be discovered.</p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_S0529?utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">🎧 ⏯</a></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row--1-2 row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <h3><strong><span><span><span class="color-white">Abstract Orchestra - <i><em>Madvillain Vol 1.</em> </i>| ATA Records</span></span></span></strong></h3> <p><img alt="Abstract Orchestra - Madvillain Vol 1." data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b1254c4c-1854-4f3d-b69f-5de0a3e4d307" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Abstract%20Orchestra%20-%20Madvillain%20Vol%201..jpg" /></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span class="color-white">Abstract Orchestra, from Leeds in the United Kingdom, is reshaping the role of the big band role in jazz history by challenging the repertoire associated with such ensemble sizes. Instead of typical swinging numbers, Abstract Orchestra performs the best tracks of iconic hip-hop supergroup Madvillain.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Chris Dave And The Drumhedz | Blue Note Records</span></span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <h3><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><img alt="Chris Dave And The Drumhedz" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bd540563-46c8-439d-98e1-b194e876e6f0" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Chris%20Dave%20And%20The%20Drumhedz.png" /></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Chris “Daddy” Dave is best known as the ex-drummer of the iconic Robert Glasper trio. Dave’s drumming style and technique achieved a cult-like status among many aspiring drummers around the world. Blending genres such as jazz and hip-hop, Chris Dave’s debut album is a hell of a sonic journey.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row--1-2 row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <h3><strong><span><span><span class="color-white">DJM Trio - <i><em>Cave Art Two</em> </i>| Paxico Records</span></span></span></strong></h3> <p><img alt="DJM Trio - Cave Art Two" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f07f29db-11e2-4313-b474-03e1b55156f6" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/DJM%20Trio%20-%20Cave%20Art%20Two.jpg" /></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span class="color-white">Pianist Dominic J. Marshall is a huge hip-hop fan. Although better known for writing and performing his own compositions, in “Cave Art Two” the rising British jazz artist further explores the possibilities of transposing famous hip-hop numbers into instrumental jazz piano trio setting.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <h3><strong><span><span><span>Makaya McCraven - <a><i></i></a><em>Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape) </em>| International Anthem</span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><img alt="Makaya McCraven - Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape)" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a6b66614-a0b9-428b-82e6-fdd08fcf5f8a" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Makaya%20McCraven%20-%20Where%20We%20Come%20From%20%28CHICAGOxLONDON%20Mixtape%29.jpg" /></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Both Makaya McCraven albums released in 2018 are worth a mention. Yet, for all the credit “Universal Beings” deserves, it is the previous release, “Where We Come From” that was more unexpected and featured artists who gained universal attention throughout the year: Nubya Garcia, Joe Armon-Jones, Soweto Kinch and many more. </span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row--1-2 row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span><span class="color-white">Ambrose Akinmusire - <i><em>Origami Harvest</em> </i>| Blue Note Records</span></span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><img alt="Ambrose Akinmusire - Origami Harvest" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="04bf795d-7077-441d-840e-dd6fc99d1bff" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Ambrose%20Akinmusire%20-%20Origami%20Harvest_0.jpg" /></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span class="color-white">Although hip-hop and chamber music have been recurring influences in jazz for quite some time, their fusion is far less common. With an additional small dose of free improvisation, the trumpeters Ambrose Akinmusire’s 2018 release shouldn't be overlooked by anyone interested in jazz.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_S0529?utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">🎧 ⏯</a></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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It might be the last, but it is definitely not the least!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Browsing one profile to another, we explored Instagram and discovered music gems. This month, we present 4 bands, 100% <i>Made in Canada,</i> who will please your ears, and asked them a few short questions. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Sit back, try to relax, and enjoy the ride!</span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Zolas</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h2> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt=" © The Zolas" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ba1cfe2e-cef2-4cfe-808a-9dd1188207c1" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/The%20Zolas.jpg" /><figcaption> © The Zolas</figcaption></figure><p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span>Instagram: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/thezolas/?hl=en" target="_blank">@thezolas</a> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">The Zolas hail from Vancouver. With 3 albums and 1 EP recorded in less than a decade, they’ve grown a strong and dedicated fan base! </span></span></span></span></p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">__</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">1.  What genre would best describe your music?</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Alt-rock/brit-pop? We try to make every album different. It’s not a rule for us it just seems to be that way. Our last record was definitely poppy with flourishing synths. The new one has much more guitar in it and sounds like something we would have worshipped growing up.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">2. Can you share a random fun fact about The Zolas?</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Our drummer Cody is low-key the undisputed best singer in the band.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">3. Which #hashtag (just 1!) would you use to describe your work?</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">#plur</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">4. Which bands/artists do you follow on social media?</span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">We Are The City. Dilly dally. Yukon blonde. Peach pit.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">5. Tell us, in less than 140 characters, about your upcoming projects. </span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">We’re submerged in our nasty jam space writing this generation’s “What’s the Story Morning Glory”.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Listen to The Zolas on Stingray Music</span>  <a class="button" href="//music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_N1128?utm_source=referral&amp;utm_medium=stingray-music-blog" target="_blank">🎧⏯</a></span></span></span></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <h2><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Yukon Blonde </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h2> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt="YUKON BLONDE - CRITICAL HIT - LABEL DINE ALONE RECORDS" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="385308e3-a386-438c-95ec-c1176ca541c8" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/YUKON%20BLONDE%20-%20CRITICAL%20HIT%20-LABEL%20%20DINE%20ALONE%20RECORDS.jpg" /><figcaption> © Yukon Blonde - Dine Alone Records</figcaption></figure><p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span>Instagram: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/yukonblonde/?hl=en" target="_blank">@yukonblonde</a></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Yukon Blonde is also from the Canadian West Coast. Their catchy melodies bring us back to the ‘80s, and we love it! </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>On repeat: ‘Saturday Night’, a tune from their 5th album <i>On Blonde</i>. </span></span></span></span></p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">__</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><i><span>1.  What genre would best describe your music?</span></i></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Psychedelic lounge? That’s always a hard question.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><i><span>2. Can you share a random fun fact about Yukon Blonde?</span></i></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span>We open our bags of chips in landscape mode as opposed to portrait mode. That way you can get a good look at your chip and, you know, see what you’re working with. You also don’t need do put your hand so deep in the chip well. It’s definitely a more premium chip user experience.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><i><span>3. Which #hashtag (just 1!) would you use to describe your work?</span></i></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><i><span>#garth</span></i></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><i><span>4. Which bands/artists do you follow on social media?</span></i></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Nihilist Arby’s.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><i><span>5. </span></i><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Tell us, in less than 140 characters, about your upcoming projects. </span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><i><span>Going to Japan, then coming home and getting jobs!</span></i></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Listen to Yukon Blonde on Stingray Music</span>  <a class="button" href="//music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_N1128?utm_source=referral&amp;utm_medium=stingray-music-blog" target="_blank">🎧⏯</a></span></span></span></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <h2><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>We Are The City</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h2> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt="We Are The City - Kirsten Huculiak" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="82ec97b1-cd6d-425d-8135-da9929b6e136" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/We%20Are%20The%20City%20-%20Kirsten%20Huculiak.jpg" /><figcaption>We Are The City | © Kirsten Huculiak</figcaption></figure><p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span>Instagram: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/wearethecity/?hl=en" target="_blank">@wearethecity</a></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Kudos to another Canadian band! We Are The City is a trio composed of</span> <span>Cayne McKenzie (singer-keyboardist), Andy Huculiak (drummer), and David Menze (guitarist). We really love “Dark Horizon”,  it’s just unique and beautiful. Andy Huculiak answered to our questions. </span><span><span>🔽</span></span></span></span></span></p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <p><span><span><span><span>__</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>1.  What genre would best describe your music?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Experimental and explosive pop.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>2. Can you share a random fun fact about We Are The City?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>We've been a band for 10 years and started playing together when we were still in high school. And yet, we're still learning new things about each other.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>3. Which #hashtag (just 1!) would you use to describe your work?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>#musicforeverymood</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>4. Which bands/artists do you follow on social media?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Some great Canadian artists — Shad, Royal Canoe, Highs, Said the Whale, The Zolas, Shane Koyczan, Hannah Epperson, Andy Shauf, Blue J.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Some great American artists — Copeland, Kanye West, mewithoutYou, Deerhoof.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>And some great International artists — Razika, Hope, Ryoji Ikeda, Moddi.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>This is not an exhaustive list though!</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span>5. </span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Tell us, in less than 140 characters, about your upcoming projects. </span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Putting together our next album that will be released next year called RIP. Planning a special tour around that. And perhaps our most ambitious/daring music video yet.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Listen to We Are The City on Stingray Music </span>  <a class="button" href="//music.stingray.com/en/channels/VIB_N1128?utm_source=referral&amp;utm_medium=stingray-music-blog" target="_blank">🎧⏯</a></span></span></span></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <h2><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Born Ruffians</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h2> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-img"><img alt="BORN RUFFIANS by Matt Barnes" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f4b2aa6c-de2b-4d94-aad6-f1411498c9eb" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/BORN%20RUFFIANS%20by%20Matt%20Barnes%20%28LO%20RES%29.jpg" /><figcaption>Born Ruffians | © Matt Barnes</figcaption></figure><p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span>Instagram: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/bornruffiansmusic/?hl=en" target="_blank">@bornruffiansmusic</a> </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The Ontario’s band Born Ruffians was formed in 2004 by school friends Luke Lalonde (guitar/vocals), Mitch Derosier (bass), Andy Lloyd (guitar/keyboard) and Steve Hamelin (drums). This year, the band released their 5th studio album</span> <i><span>Uncle, Duke &amp; The Chief</span></i><span>. Go see them on stage! They’re currently touring North America. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Listen to “Fade To Black” and get your daily dose of good vibes! </span></span></span></span></p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <p><span><span><span><span>--</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>1. </span></strong><strong> </strong><strong><span>What genre would best describe your music?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span> Indie Rock</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>2. Can you share a random fun fact about Born Ruffians?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span> We formed our band in our high school music class where we all played trombone. We suck at trombone.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>3. Which #hashtag (just 1!) would you use to describe your work?</span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span> #ruff</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span>4. 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field__item"><p><span><span><span><span>Jazz has celebrated enormous resurgence in 2018. Many jazz festivals’ lineups highlighted young and upcoming artists, while different radio and video broadcasts gave them exposure that has been unprecedented over the past 30 years. It almost seems that jazz started looking towards the future instead of its rich history, which hasn’t really been the case since the 1980s when the last boom of really young jazz musicians from the United States appeared on the scene. With this in mind, we have selected 10 nominees for jazz album of the year. Each, in one way or another, reflect jazz’s mood in 2018.</span></span></span></span></p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_S0529?utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">🎧 ⏯</a></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row--1-2 row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <h3><span class="white">Ezra Collective -<em> Juan Pablo: The Philosopher </em>| Enter The Jungle Records</span></h3> <p><img alt="Ezra Collective - Juan Pablo: The Philosopher" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b43472ae-bf16-4a99-9dac-2318451db29e" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Juan%20Pablo%20The%20Philosopher_3.jpg" /></p> <p><span class="color-white">The debut release of the London-based group Ezra Collective has already won the prestigious Jazz Album of the Year Award at Gilles Peterson’s 2018 Worldwide Awards. Recorded in the legendary Abbey Road Studios and partly mixed by Sam "Floating Points" Shepherd, this album is one of 2018’s highlights.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <h3><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Joe Armon-Jones - <i><em>Starting Today</em> </i>| Brownswood Records</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></h3> <h3><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><img alt=" Joe Armon-Jones - Starting Today " data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9096029b-6af4-4658-8bea-fac3705baba1" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Joe%20Armon-Jones%20-%20Starting%20Today.jpg" /></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The pianist Joe Armon-Jones was one of 2018’s most productive jazz. He recorded with Ezra Collective and toured with them and Nubya Garcia. More importantly, Armon-Jones released his solo album, which is a soulful combination of original numbers that differ from everything else released this year.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row--1-2 row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <h3><strong><span class="color-white">GoGo Penguin - <i><em>A Hundrum Star</em> </i>| Blue Note Records</span></strong></h3> <p><span class="color-white"><strong><img alt="GoGo Penguin - A Hundrum Star" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="fe01658d-ad30-493c-8241-d8fce5959a97" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/GoGo%20Penguin%20-%20A%20Hundrum%20Star_1.jpg" /></strong></span></p> <p><span class="color-white">The fourth studio release by the Manchester-based piano trio is further shaping the group's sonic identity: an elegant blend of jazz and electronic music elements, original compositions, as well as a subtle cinematic atmosphere. The trio has one of the most unique voices on the jazz scene today.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <h3><strong><span><span><span><span>Kamaal Williams - <i><em>The Return </em></i>| Black Focus Records</span></span></span></span></strong><br />  </h3> <p><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><img alt="Kamaal Williams - The Return" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e14e0385-0a13-4071-8bbc-ec8e30e87896" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Kamaal%20Williams%20-%20The%20Return.jpg" /></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>It didn’t take long for Kamaal Williams to release his solo album after leaving the duo Yussef Kamaal. The unique musical aspects that made the duo special are all present in Williams’ new release, making it feel like an organic continuation rather than a new path in the pianist’s artistic career.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row--1-2 row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <h3><strong><span><span><span><span class="color-white">Kamasi Washington - <i><em>Heaven And Earth</em> </i>| Young Turks</span></span></span></span></strong></h3> <h3><img alt="Kamasi Washington - Heaven And Earth" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="34e75f51-5c24-47b9-8429-f4cfc1119c61" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Kamasi%20Washington%20-%20Heaven%20And%20Earth.jpg" /></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span class="color-white">After releasing <i>The Epic</i> in 2015, Kamasi Washington was declared the saviour of jazz. The album’s success left huge shoes to fill for the saxophonist’s future releases. Yet, <i>Heaven And Earth</i> is a very similarly crafted sonic journey that lasts for more than 2 hours and further explores the meaning of spirituality in jazz.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <h3><strong><span><span><span><span>Maisha - <i><em>There Is A Place </em></i>| Brownswood Records</span></span></span></span></strong></h3> <h3><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><img alt="Maisha - There Is A Place" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="63dbb0dd-16c4-4012-82ba-1383bd92d5ec" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Maisha%20-%20There%20Is%20A%20Place.jpg" /></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Blending African and Eastern musical elements r with modality and expressiveness, Maisha’s debut album is one of the most exciting and fresh sounding releases of 2018. At times, the album’s atmosphere feels tribal and the overall hypnotic feel is what makes it sound so unique.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row--1-2 row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <h3><strong><span><span><span><span class="color-white">Moses Boyd Exodus - <i><em>Displaced Diaspora</em> </i>| Exodus</span></span></span></span></strong></h3> <h3><span class="color-white"><strong><img alt="Moses Boyd Exodus - Displaced Diaspora" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a6c5e1fa-67ce-4d31-86dd-46e6ebf9f2cf" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Moses%20Boyd%20Exodus%20-%20Displaced%20Diaspora.jpg" /></strong></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span class="color-white">The British drummer Moses Boyd has already proven that there are still fresh ideas to be born from the marriage between jazz and electronic music. His new release, however, reaches beyond the repetitive rhythmic pattern exploration and incorporates a beautiful jazz ensemble arrangements as well.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <h3><strong><span><span><span><span>R + R = Now - <i><em>Collagically Speaking </em></i>| Blue Note Records</span></span></span></span></strong></h3> <h3><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><img alt="R + R = Now - Collagically Speaking" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e9f3eaae-19dc-477e-9b6c-13f8218aa1b2" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/R%20%2B%20R%20%3D%20Now%20-%20Collagically%20Speaking.jpg" /></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Robert Glasper has been one of the leading jazz pianists for a decade. His piano trio and the experimental band later set new trends in the music. Following the same path, Glasper’s new supergroup debut album’s featuring Christian Scott and Taylor McFerrin combines R&amp;B, jazz fusion, and instrumental hip-hop.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row--1-2 row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <h3><strong><span><span><span><span class="color-white">Sons Of Kemet - <i><em>Your Queen Is A Reptile </em></i>| Impulse!</span></span></span></span></strong></h3> <h3><img alt="Sons Of Kemet - Your Queen Is A Reptile" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="578a6902-5d5c-4dae-ae44-dc56142d8046" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Sons%20Of%20Kemet%20-%20Your%20Queen%20Is%20A%20Reptile.jpg" /></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span class="color-white">Led by Shabaka Hutching, Sons Of Kemet’s third studio album is perhaps the most political jazz release in years. Exploring racial and gender inequalities and dedicated to influential black women throughout history, it was nominated for the 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize Album of the Year award.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <h3><strong><span><span><span><span>Various Artists -<em> <i>We Out Here</i></em> | Brownswood Records</span></span></span></span></strong></h3> <h3><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><img alt="Various Artists - We Out Here" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ec35ac22-4e84-4553-aebc-24dc45a19471" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/Various%20Artists%20-%20We%20Out%20Here.jpg" /></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The influential British music tastemaker, Gilles Peterson, assembled a compilation of tracks that represent London jazz music scene. The album’s release was followed by the video documentary portraying the music’s community and the musicians involved: Joe Armon-Jones, Maisha, Moses Boyd and many more.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row row-narrow"> <div class="col"> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_S0529?utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral" target="_blank">🎧 ⏯</a></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Stay on the pulse of the most recent news in music. 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Here are some of our favorites of the year. </strong></p> <p><span class="button"><a class="button" href="https://webplayer.stingray.com/play/channel-info/description?channel-id=VIB_N1123&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=americanafest-2018-fresh-vibe&amp;utm_source=stingray-blog-website&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_content=artists-to-watch-september-2018" target="_blank">⏯🎧</a></span></p> <h2>Rosalía</h2> <p><img alt="Rosalia - Malemente" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="af5b05f7-0300-481a-bdaa-20abd0d4842c" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/malamente.jpg" /></p> <p>Her sophomore album, <em>El mal querer</em>, which was released this past November, has received widespread praise for revolutionizing and reimagining flamenco with pop and hip-hop. Although originating from Catalonia, Spain, she's breaking through internationally with a unique sound that appeals to a mass audience. As a multi-talented artist, she recorded her latest album herself, composing, producing, and arranging her songs.</p> <p><strong>On repeat: "Malemente"</strong></p> <h2>Yuno</h2> <p><img alt="yuno" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="bef500df-f892-454a-b583-a0a0e57f77ec" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/yuno.jpg" /></p> <p>The Jacksonville, Florida-based artist first started recording and writing music when he was 15 after being in bands with friends and realizing he could make music alone. Not only is he a self-taught producer, engineer, and recording artist, but he also directs and stars in his music videos.</p> <p><strong>On repeat: "No Going Back"</strong></p> <h2>BROCKHAMPTON</h2> <p><img alt="brockhampton" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4693bab4-e4a6-4cb7-a38c-f376ae0dda2d" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/brockhampton-jouvert_0.jpg" /></p> <p>This 14-piece boyband of rappers, producers, vocalists, and designers recently signed a $15 million record deal with RCA after releasing their Saturation trilogy independently in 2017. Their latest album, Iridescence, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. With their genre-defying sounds, diversity, and  size, they challenge the idea of a traditional boyband today.</p> <p><strong>On repeat: "J'OUVERT"</strong></p> <h2>Louis The Child</h2> <p><img alt="louis the child" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="d6f03a2a-65d7-4c72-82fc-770fe76d390e" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/louisthechild.jpg" /></p> <p>The Chicago-based electronic duo have over 10 million streams of their breakout single "It's Strange"  and have been praised by huge pop artists like Taylor Swift. They met by chance at a Madeon concert and became friends after realizing their shared interest for electronic music. Since then, they've toured all of North America including at major festivals like Lollapallooza, and will be touring Europe in 2019.</p> <p><strong>On repeat: "Better Not feat. Wafia"</strong></p> <h2>Kiana Ledé</h2> <p><img alt="kiana" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="4d84b5f2-91f0-4cc4-981e-c3049a65119f" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/kiana.jpg" /></p> <p>The singer, songwriter, actress, and pianist already has over 10 million streams of her single "Fairplay" which features A$AP Ferg and featured on her latest EP <em>Selfless</em>. Her talent was recognized early; at 14 she won the 2011 KIDZ Star USA Grand Prize beating 45,000 other competitors. </p> <p><strong>On repeat: "EX"</strong></p> <h2>Tierra Whack</h2> <p><img alt="Tierra Whack" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f75139fd-9ee0-4bcc-979e-0102f1c9bc53" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/tierrawhack.jpg" /></p> <p>This 22-year old Philadelphia rapper started out under the name "Dizzle Dizz" when she first gained attention freestyling over longtime friend Meek Mill's "In My Bag". Her latest project, a 15 track, 15-minute audiovisual experience called <em>Whack World</em> started off as 60 songs before she whittled it down to 15. She's garnered universal praise and recognition, some from bigger names like Solange Knowles and Flying Lotus, and is currently on tour with 6LACK in North America.</p> <p><strong>On repeat: <em>Whack World</em></strong></p> <h2>Elley Duhé</h2> <p><img alt="Elley Duhé" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8e744fbc-29db-4eee-b8ab-256ea7b6caf4" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/elley.jpg" /></p> <p>Growing up in a small town in Alabama, she wrote her first song at the age of 14 with a guitar she received from her father. In her teenage years, she played for live audiences in Nashville, Austin, and L.A. She recently broke through with her collaboration with Zedd on "Happy Now." Her latest EP <em>Dragon Mentality</em> features producers who have worked with Britney Spears, Beyonce, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, and more.</p> <p><strong>On repeat: "FEVER"</strong></p> <h2>Amy Shark</h2> <p><img alt="Amy Shark" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e2ecf375-874b-4321-8bea-a46b3610f91f" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/amyshark.jpg" /></p> <p>In 2017 this Australian's debut single "Adore" reached No. 2 on Triple J's Hottest 100, just behind Flume's "Never Be Like You." Since then she's already made her American debut with a sold-out tour and performances on Jimmy Fallon, James Corden, and the TODAY Show. She'll also be at Lollapalooza in 2019.</p> <p><strong>On repeat: "I Said Hi"</strong></p> <h2>King Princess</h2> <p><img alt="King Princess" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="a56d2779-0157-4dd1-a0e6-8120889ec800" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/kingprincess.jpg" /></p> <p>The 19-year-old singer grew up surrounded by music  (her father is the owner and an engineer of Brooklyn's Mission Sound recording studio). She started producing her music at 17, around the same time she moved to LA. Her debut single <em>1950</em>, which was released early this year, has over 125 million streams and has received praise from celebrities like Harry Styles and Kourtney Kardashian.</p> <p><strong>On repeat: "1950"</strong></p> <h2>The Interrupters</h2> <p><img alt="The Interrupters" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c76695bd-0ee4-4656-a4d1-3e8884c9277a" src="/sites/blog/files/inline-images/interrupters.jpg" /></p> <p>The LA-based ska band is led by Aimee Allen, who was signed to a major label as a solo artist before they were a band. The quartet has had major artists work on their debut album, <em>Fight the Good Fight</em>, such as Tim Armstrong and Billie Joe Armstrong. Their hit single "She's Kerosene" has over 4 million streams and has been getting major airplay on the radio.</p> <p><strong>On repeat: "She's Kerosene"</strong></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/artists2watch" hreflang="en">Artists2Watch</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/99" hreflang="en">Stingray Ambiance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/45" hreflang="en">Stingray Brava</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/stingraycmusic" hreflang="en">Stingray CMusic</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Stingray iConcerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/49" hreflang="en">Stingray Loud</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Stingray Retro</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/staff-picks" hreflang="en">Staff Picks</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/83" hreflang="en">French</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit-image field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">The Interrupters</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/blog/files/2018-12/Stingray_ARTISTS%20TO%20WATCH_novembre.jpg" width="1200" height="628" alt="The Interrupters" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 15:27:16 +0000 Eva and Sophie 629 at https://blog.stingray.com