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….

Joyce Wrice Releases Debut Album, ‘Overgrown’

Following her debut appearance on the blog with single, ‘For One,’ featuring rapper Freddie Gibbs, promising R&B upriser, JOYCE WRICE returns with her highly anticipated debut album ‘Overgrown’ released via Sony Music’s The Orchard.

Executive produced by 2021 “Song of the Year”’ GRAMMY Award winner and 2021 Golden Globe Award-nominated producer D’Mile (H.E.R., Victoria Monet, The Carters), Wrice’s 14-track Overgrown LP includes notable appearances by Lucky Daye, Masego, Freddie Gibbs, UMI, Kaytranada, Westside Gunn, and Devin Morrison as well as previously released tracks ‘So So Sick’ and ‘Falling in Love,’ the latter of which was just featured on Lucky Daye’s Table For Two duets EP alongside songs by the likes of YEBBA, Tiana Major9, Mahalia, Ari Lennox, and Queen Naija.

Known for her sweet lyrics and distinct tone, Wrice delivers a more mature and assured sound throughout ‘Overgrown’, which finds the songstress showcasing her impressive vocal range and songwriting prowess among an all-star set of esteemed R&B and hip-hop collaborators. From upbeat standout ‘Falling in Love’ with Lucky Daye, to smooth and confident soul jam ‘Addicted,’ to the more laid back vibes of ‘Must Be Nice’ featuring Masego and title track ‘Overgrown,’ Wrice’s classically modern sound and perspective resonates with her generation

Wrice’s ‘Overgrown’ possesses all the toe-curling ingredients of the old good 90’s R&B fused with distinctive modern sounds, reminiscent of Amerie’s 2002 debut album, ‘All I Have’. Check out ‘Overgrown below plus songs recommendations:

Must Listens: Falling In Love, Must Be Nice, So So Sick, That’s On You, Overgrown

Watch Joyce Wrice’s Video For Single, ‘For One’ Ft. Freddie Gibbs

Fast rising R&B singer and songwriter, JOYCE WRICE, joins forces with Freddie Gibbs in the official video for her new single ‘On One’, latest offering off her forthcoming debut album, ‘Overgrown.’ due out on next Friday (19th March) via Sony Music’s The Orchard.

On the release of her new single, “On One,” Joyce shares, “Working on ‘On One’ with Freddie was such an honor! I’ve been a fan of his for years so to have him on my album is crazy! When I first created the song with D’Mile and co-writer DC, I knew I needed a rapper on it. I grew up listening to Mariah Carey and loved how she had rappers on her records so I wanted to do the same for this album. I hit up Freddie on Twitter and I presented the record to him at his studio and he loved it. He wrote his verse so fast without even writing anything down and just glided through the song.”

Executive produced by three-time GRAMMY Award nominee and 2021 Golden Globe Award-nominated producer D’Mile (H.E.R., Victoria Monet, The Carters), Wrice’s 14-track Overgrown LP includes notable appearances by Lucky Daye, Masego, Freddie Gibbs, UMI, Kaytranada, Westside Gunn, and Devin Morrison.

Be sure to look out for her debut EP…but for now, check out the official video for ‘On One’….

Goodboy Noah Drops Smooth Afterhours Joint, ‘Tie Down’

Gearing up for the release of his debut EP due out later this year, Southern California-based R&B singer and songwriter, GOODBOY NOAH, has delivered sultry new single ‘Tie Down’. The track co-written by noah alongside Dan Henig (ZAYN, Noah Cyrus, Chelsea Cutler) and Micah Gordon (Cautious Clay, Neon Trees) who also produced the track.

On the inspiration behind his new single, “tie down,” goodboy noah shares, “‘tie down’ is about finding someone that you think could be the one, not just a partner, but a partner in crime. I challenged myself to write a love song without using the word ‘love,’ and this is what came out. I brought the demo to Micah Gordon to produce it, and when he played the strings for the outro on his Nord keyboard I started freaking out because it was exactly how I thought the song was supposed to feel.”

Known for his juxtaposition of his smooth, melodic R&B sound and colorful personality, goodboy noah is a Toronto native — now based in Los Angeles — who is breaking into the R&B space with a fun flare. “My goal as an artist is to bring happiness to the world through my music and style,” says noah. “I want people to see that you don’t have to take yourself too seriously in this life, it’s heavy enough as it is, so I want to make things a little lighter.”

‘Tie Down’ was released yesterday on download and streaming sites. Have a listen to the smooth afterhours joint below…

Album Review: Telescope – Midnight Mystery Club

If you, by any chance, enjoyed MIDNIGHT MYSTERY CLUB‘s previous offerings on the blog, then I have a sneaky feeling you might be appeased by their latest album titled, ‘Telescope’.

The 11-track collection carries on the duo’s signature hazy backdrop making way for the hypnotic electro bass and Phil Collin-esque vocals, which gives off a Ibizan vibe, particularly in tracks,  ‘Blow My Mind’, ‘Miracle’ and Swim’.

Further along the album, the guys add a hint of soul, which perfectly smears in with the atmospheric soundscapes in ‘To the Moon and Back’ and title track, ‘Telescope’, giving a spine-tingling sensation.

Nearing towards to end of ‘Telescope’, the sugary light overtones in earlier tracks becomes more audible and gathers paste, taking centre stage in ‘For You, Forever’ and ‘Heavenly’, making both tracks somewhat experimental. The album ends on an high with ‘Sign of The Times, a heavenly lick on indie-disco, topped off by soaring synths and soulful vocals that somehow reminds me of Shalamar.

From the moment I clapped my eyes in the album’s track list, I had that instant urge to check it out and just like their previous releases (‘Keep A Beat’ is my absolute favourite), ‘Telescope’ hit the spot. Check out the album plus songs recommendations below:

Must Listens: Telescope, For You Forever, Heavenly, Signs of The Times