Premiere: Hip-Hop Duo K.O.A Drops Track, ‘Classic’ Today!

Consisting brothers Austin & Jagger Spacy, K.O.A. has dished up a rather mesmerising number entitled ‘Classic’, out now for your inspection on all good download and streaming sites. Wrapped in a seamlessly soothing hip-hop/bedroom pop fusion, the duo’s latest offering is inspired by their friends who parted waves from them once they made it or ditched them over some girl.

Speaking of how the single’s release came to fruition, K.O.A says: “We never intended to release it but we played this for fun on one of our weekly lives and everyone was telling us to put it out.”

Between them, these guys from Arizona holds a very impressive CV. Austin, a multi-faceted talent, started out as a professional dancer and actor, before teaching himself to produce music whilst dancing on the 1989 World Tour with Taylor Swift. Jagger is an accomplished musician, songwriter and rapper previously signed to MMG (Timbaland’s mgmt company). While their initial releases lived in the alt/pop world, they are now leaning more into an alternative rap sound that feels honest and completely genuine.

Check out their new venture into alternative hip-hop world below…

Rain To Rust Returns With Collaborative Single, ‘Dead Violets Night’

Following on from albums, ‘Flowers Of Doubt’ (2019) and ‘Stillborn Flowers’ (2020), Mert Yıldız – otherwise known as RAIN TO RUST – has join forces with artist N.L.P for single, ‘Dead Violets Night.’

The song is a rewriting of a song off Rain To Rust’s ‘Stillborn Flowers’ album: new instrumentation, new lyrics and a new approach. It’s built on analog synth lines and the vocal interplay between two artists with Peter Hook-laden bass leads on top. The result is a catchy and modernised version of a sound that harkens back to a time where Post-Punk bands decided to move into electronica waters.

Rain To Rust is the brainchild of former Dead Man’s Dream and Rhythm 0 guitarist, whereas N.L.P. is the moniker of Istanbul-based Matt Loftin. Since playing with Housing Crash & Foton Kusagi, he’s decided to move into Post-Punk territory – so far he has released three singles.

Although both acts are focusing on their own releases for 2021, ‘Dead Violets Night’ may be the first in line of a series of collaborations…have a listen to the single below…

Song of the Day: Together Forever – Von Marlon

After a separate personal and musical split in quick succession, VON MARLON‘s alias was formed as a solo project after living abroad. The name derives from a Mike Skinner lyric, whose music along with other underground
alternative pioneers of the UK scene greatly inspired Von Marlon’s sound, which offers a mix of
Hip-Hop, Ambient, & Dance inspired alternative pop songs.

His single ‘Together Forever’, is about the dreams and hopes one can have for a relationship, not only when dating someone but also with a greater sense of connection in general. It was created during the past year and evolved from the current global situation; the longing for when everyone can come back together again and the feeling of excitement that that moment will bring.

Garnering attention with the two singles ‘Searching’ and ‘Tripping’ on independent radio stations such as Absolute Radio and Amazing radio, Von Marlon was then featured in The Unsigned Guide’s June ’19 Spotlight, before signing a sync deal to Max Music Publishing.

From this, ‘Closer’ was synced on an episode of Queen Sugar, the US TV show broadcasted on Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN, whilst also being listed in Ditto’s ‘Chartbreaker’ Spotify playlist.

Check out the official video for ‘Together Forever’ below…

Devyn Moon Releases Genre Fluid single, ‘Fast As I Can’

Hailing from Texas, 23-year-old Neo-Soul Electronic singer-songwriter and producer DEVYN MOON brings on a heavenly blend of R&B, Electronic, and Bedroom-Pop in brand new single, ‘Fast As I Can’.

Speaking of the single, Devyn says: “The song is an overall message to convey the beauty of embracing those flaws that make us who we are. In going back to your roots you find your true self, find the people who accept you just as you are, and choose to love you despite it all – it brings you to a point in life where you’re finally able to breathe and be comfortable within your own skin.”

Have a listen to ‘Fast As I Can’ below…

Song of the Day: Oh It Hurts – Tebi Rex

Irish alternative hip-hop duo TEBI REX‘s single, ‘Oh It Hurts’ finds the pair taking yet another musical left turn. Aided by long-term collaborator Local Boy and Word Up producer Silent Ghost, the single introduces new elements to their already eclectic sound, as well as live instrumentation for the first time. The track is just one chapter from an album that will once more follow a distinct narrative arc, again marking them out as true musical innovators.

In 2020 the duo released singles, ‘White Boy Of The Month’ and ‘I Got My Whole’ earning praise from the likes of Clash Magazine, The Line Of Best Fit, Earmilk, CMU, Nialler9 and GUAP to name a few. Live online shows followed for Ireland Music Week and AWAL’s collaboration with Liverpool Sound City. The inclusion of ‘I Never Got Off The Bus’ on the soundtrack for the global hit TV series Normal People brought their music to a wider audience around the world, leading to the debut record ‘The Young Will Eat The Old’ breaking one million streams.

Having just joined the FMLY live agency, appearing at the digital ESNS festival and announcing an online show at SxSW, 2021 has already proved to be their year. And with an album to follow they show no sign of slowing down.

Check out ‘Oh It Hurts’ below…