Listen To Marcus James’ & RYYZN’s Stripped-back Version Of Single, ‘Warning Sign’

Acclaimed producer MARCUS JAMES and esteemed duo RYYZN, have released the stripped version of their collaborative EP, ‘Warning Sign’ out now via Physical Presents. For the original EP, the team was supported by tastemaker Youtube channels Sensual Musique and Cloudx Music as well as features on major Spotify playlists such as Cardio, Tropical House, New Music Friday and Mint Canada and collected just under 1.4 million plays across streaming platforms.

The title track of the revamped EP immediately marks itself one to watch. ‘Warning Sign’ opens with bold brushstrokes of the elegant grace of a piano and intimate vocals from RYYZN. Introducing an accompanying acoustic guitar and a deep intimacy, the three have managed to diversify themselves – proving their worth with both upbeat dance music and the slow tempo. An underlying “emo” atmosphere appears throughout both EPs, tying the two together with more than just lyrics and creators but an important sentiment of expression, much like the works of Dayglow, My Morning Jacket, Jacob Lee and Vance Joy.

Born and based in Vancouver, Marcus James (pictured far right) is well-known for his collaborative works, having worked with the likes of multi-platinum selling artist Trevor Guthrie, remixed Dylan Matthew’s ‘Saturday Night’ as well as Warped Tour bands Anarbor and Courage My Love. The producer has also shared stages with the likes of Robin Schulz, 3LAU, Lost Frequencies, Zeds Dead and many more. The rising star has received support from the likes of Your EDM, EDM.com, EARMILK, MrRevillz, and Tropical House Records, Vancouver Sun, Substream Magazine and HERTZ Mag all of which has contributed to his noteworthy play count of over 7.4 million streams across platforms.

RYYZN is a Vancouver-based duo comprised of David York and Jessie Elias who come from Calgary and Saskatoon respectively. The pair have received significant attention on streaming platforms with features on the tastemaker Youtube channels Audio Library, MrRevillz, AirwaveMusicTV, and ChillTracks as well as appearing on the Spotify playlists for New Music Friday: Canada, Indie pop & chill and Fresh Finds. As a result, RYYZN currently sit at an impressive play count of well over 11 million.

Have a listen to ‘Warning Sign (Stripped)’ below…

Kid Hastings Was Caught ‘Off Guard’ In Brand New Single + Video

After the soon to be USC graduate woke up in the hospital with a broken heart from a break-up and hit-by-car-related-injuries, Jake McEvoy (AKA KID HASTINGS) immediately knew he had to write a song. The following day, he wrote Off Guard’ to make sense of whatever metaphor was being thrown at him, and the result is a melodic, indie, upbeat tune encouraging you to sing along and take life less seriously.

The accompanying video speaks to these surreal moments of life, and what better way to come to terms with absurdity than to embody it. Filled with over-saturated scenes of cow costumes and LA-river-fishing escapades, the video allows viewers to take any impact they want as they become intoxicated with the incomprehensible. Check it out below….

Beth Crowley Shares Emotional Ballad, ‘Storm Chaser’

On the heels of her last single, ‘Cry’ and with over 20 million streams on Spotify, BETH CROWLEY follows up with her new single and lyric video ‘Storm Chaser’.

Rumbling thunder and a piano melody opens ‘Storm Chaser’ before Crowley pours her heart out while reminiscing about a love that could only occur once in a lifetime. The emotional ballad follows the story of someone so tormented by the past that they can’t even imagine a future that compares.

Speaking of her latest single, Beth says: ‘Storm Chaser’ was inspired by the Alexander Graham Bell quote: “When one door closes, another one opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” I thought about how sometimes we are not so far down a path that we couldn’t imagine what it would have been like to have chosen differently. This song is from the perspective of someone that is daydreaming about an ex-lover that parted ways with her, and she is wondering if she will always be longing for what they could have had.”

Check out the Official lyric video for ‘Storm Chaser’ below…

Toronto Musician Alex Beraldo Releases New Single, ‘Southern Heat + Video

A year ago, Toronto musician and guitar builder ALEX BERALDO released his new album, ‘Freaktone Sessions’ to exactly zero fanfare, since it was right at the beginning of the COVID pandemic. This isn’t a story that is unique to Alex, in fact, it’s a story that many musicians releasing music last year have. But what is unique, is that he decided to shine some light on his overlooked album by re-releasing the single ‘Southern Heat’, along with a new live video filmed in his luthier workshop, on the anniversary of the album’s release.

‘Southern Heat’ is one of those songs that takes you by surprise. It seems like a sweet, romantic love song at first, but then it straight up hits you with an emotional punch that sits with you long after the song has ended.

Alex has been making music since 2006 and describes his sound as “a uniquely weird take on folk, blues, rock n roll and country music. Think John Prine trying to be Bob Dylan, but he hung out with Bradley Nowell.

Alex has fronted several bands and been a solo act, touring Canada multiple times from coast to coast. He’s independently recorded and released ten albums as the frontman of bands The Breaks and The People, including five solo efforts.

‘Southern Heat’ is available now on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services…why not check out the bitter-sweet single below…

‘Reflect’ With Jessie Lee’s Brand New Single

JESSIE LEE eases us into the beginning of the week with her brand new soft pop ballad titled ‘Reflect’. Greeted with magical strings and harmonies, ‘Reflect’ is all about trying to process what’s happening internally while going through difficult times.

The latest offering is designed to release any life’s troubles, encouraging all of us to transport to a happy place.

“For me that means being submerged in nature, ” says Jessie of her single. “A safe space to be reflecting on my thoughts and feelings. Whether that’s through journaling, meditation or anything you do to ease your mind, I hope it inspires you to reflect.”

So have a listen to ‘Reflect’ and delve deep into your thoughts…