New Track: Love Me Like I’m Gone – Jaws of Love

Following the release of the stunning debut single, ‘Jaws Of Love’, Local Natives’ vocalist/pianist/songwriter, Kelcey Ayer makes a quick return with a touching love letter, ‘Love Me Like I’m Gone under his first side project, JAWS OF LOVE.

Featured in Will Arnett’s Netflix series ‘Flaked’, ‘Love Me Like I’m Gone.’ showcases Ayer’s heart-worn vocals lilting over fingerpicked acoustic guitar.

The latest single is the second release from debut album, ‘Tasha Sits Close to the Piano’ – named by Ayer’s wife about the couple’s dog Tasha – digitally on September 22nd, with its gatefold coloured vinyl release available in the UK on 3rd November via K-Rizzla/House Arrest.

 

Song of the Day: Jaws of Love

‘Jaws Of Love’ is the latest single by Local Natives’ Kelcey Ayer solo project, JAWS OF LOVE.

The delicately powerful piece is the first release from his upcoming album, ‘Tasha Sits Close to the Piano’, set for release via House Arrest digitally on September 22nd, with its gatefold coloured vinyl release available in the UK on 3rd November.

The first solo project  sees Ayer – the songwriter/vocalist/pianist of the critically acclaimed L.A. band (Local Natives) – hone in on his master craft: the emotive piano ballad as highlighted on the five-piece’s well-received second album, ‘Hummingbird’.

The talented singer-songwriter will play his debut solo headline show on 21st September at The Masonic Lodge, Hollywood Forever Cemetery in L.A with plans to take his compelling live set to the UK and Europe in Autumn.

JAWS OF LOVE‘s upcoming album  is the first taste of Kelcey Ayer’s solo adventure…so go on, have a listen!

New Track: Escape – Brandyn Burnette

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One-to-watch BRANDYN BURNETTE released his latest track ‘Escape’, last Monday taken from his upcoming EP ‘Feature Films.’

The three-and-a-half minute production possess his unique blend of soulfully dark vocals, deep beats and bright pysch rock guitar, a combination that has made the Missouri raised/LA-based singer/songwriter a sensation in the underground pop world.

In 2014, he opened for John Mayer, Jon Bellion and James Bay and a later year, he’s penned songs for MKTO and Jake Miller. His 2nd EP ‘State I’m In’ clocked up 2.8 million streams on Spotify since being released in July of 2016. He also appeared on a collaboration with independent EDM artist Elephante on ‘Plans’ which has been played on Sirius BPM and has become the biggest song off the ‘I Am The Elephante’ EP.

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Aside from his own musical project, Burnette recently teamed up with indie singer-songwriter Molly Moore, under the name Cosmos & Creature and quickly gained attention by featuring on Lost King’s ‘Marathon’ as well as Vicetone’s ‘Bright Side’. The duo also caught the attention of Iggy Azalea after covering her song, ‘Team’. They’ve generated over ten million streams on Spotify. Their first single ‘Young’ debuted at number three on the Spotify Global Charts & currently has two million streams since release in the end of 2016. Burnette and Moore are currently working on their highly anticipated debut EP.

Song of The Day: Remember Me – Oparu

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Today’s very tasty dish of the day is OPARU’s debut single Remember Me, which boasts a stunning fusion of haunting pop, paired with operatic vocals and dark experimental electro.

OPARU is the musical endeavor of Los Angeles based songwriter, singer and actress Dianna St. Hilaire. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, St. Hilaire started to write and perform music at a very young age in choir and musicals. Self taught, her first instrument was the piano and she worked tirelessly at the craft of reading and writing music.

When St. Hilaire was in her late teens, she began performing with punk bands and for producers as a back up/ studio vocalist in New Mexico, where she took on her first musical alias, the highly successful group Versailles. Partnering with the infamous Kim Fowley (The Runaways, Kiss, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper), she has toured the US extensively, been featured on the official Grammy ballots, as well as charting on Billboard. Versailles’s music was also on rotation with popular stations across the U.S. including KROQ and NPR tastemaker KCRW. St. Hilaire reinvented herself in late 2015 as OPARU, deriving from the Japanese name of the birthstone opal.

The next chapter in her musical journey, is the highly anticipated Remember Me, out now on iTunes…before you go, have a listen.

Song of the Day: Friday Afternoon – Love Ghost

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Managed to find another dish of the day – that’s twice in one week, you lucky people! This time it’s from Los Angeles-based alternative/cinematic rockers LOVE GHOST.

Inspired by the 90’s grunge subculture, the five-piece band pays tribute to the most influential genre of alternative rock, while creating a unique and modern sound. Having grown up together, they’re able to poignantly express both the hardships and joys of suburban teenage culture within their music.

The band was formed by 15-year-old frontman Finn Bell,  who demonstrates maturity beyond his years with his soulful lyrics and arrangements. Despite the band all being teenagers, their raw musical skill creates a nostalgic triumph of distorted guitar melodies, heavy drums and emotionally stimulated lyrics. LOVE GHOST’s musical composition is inspired by a mix of old universal horror films meshed with iconic grunge artists such as Nirvana and Alice in Chains.

Smashing Pumpkins inspired Friday Afternoon aims to reflect the importance of standing up for oneself especially during a time of hardship in teenage years. Written in the Spring of 2015, Bell reflects upon his own experiences through creation, and actively urges his audience to do the same.

Lead vocalist and lyricist, describes his process as a continuous stream of consciousness, drawn from his emotional response. Bell expresses ‘It’s a shame that people tend to shy away from anything that feels too personal, because those types of things let you know who you really are.’

Despite only being together for a little over a year, the band has seen tremendous success, opening for such artists as The Tubes, Berlin, Ozomatli and Buckcherry. LOVE GHOST has also played several high-profile festivals including Make Music Pasadena and Echo Park Rising.

 

 

New Music Video: Oh My Days – Sticky Blood & JiKay (ft Frisco)

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After making a sharp ascent in to the key list of music producers that are rocking the urban music scene in 2016, STICKY BLOOD collaborate with LA based producer JIKAY (All Trap Music / HotDamn), to drop their latest record Oh My Days featuring Boy Better Know’s Frisco.

With a deep reverb on the bass and the intermittent crashing of symbols working around the chopped and screwed synths, Frisco is the perfect addition as he brings his gritty lyricism to lace the beat. Coming with an intricate and melodic flow, the London MC sounds at ease on the Hip-Hop influenced instrumental.

STICKY BLOOD‘s experimental and visionary stance on creating new sounds has awarded them support from Red Bull, Complex, Radio 1Xtra, Clash, Wonderland, NME, Toddla T, Mistajam, Monki and many more. They have worked with numerous acts including Coco, Toddla T, Snowy and Tom Prior and, thanks to their relentless approach to creating and releasing music, have played a major part in the current surge of exciting new artists and music coming from Sheffield, Nottingham and surrounding areas.

Here’s your chance to check out the visual to Oh My Days.

 

Song of the Day: A lifetime Ago Paul Sammons

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Today’s song is A Lifetime Ago  by PAUL SAMMONS. The single is coming from his EP of the same name, released in September.

The Arkansas- born singer/songwriter developed a strong interest in music from the age of eight then became acquainted with the guitar at the age of 15.

The minute he graduated with a degree in Jazz Guitar, the indie folk rocker took his one-man act on the road, travelling to major cities including Nashville, New York and Los Angeles. On his travels, he met producer Dr. Benjamin Meade who asked him to produce a soundtrack for his documentary, Woke Up this Mornin’ in Arkansas Delta. After the project, he joined forces with friend and producer Nick Thompson to produce his new E.P.

A Lifetime Ago gets the song of the day status, as there’s a beautiful fusion of folk and pop – take a listen.  If you like this single, the EP  is available for purchase on iTunes.

Star Song: Blow Your Brains Out – Aerick Baker with Kanye West

AERICK BAKER is back…this time he brought along KANYE WEST for his latest single, Blow Your Brains Out.

Last month, I featured the talented singer on this blog with his super bad track Y.C.T.M (You Can Try Me). This time it’ll be nice to get to know the man behind that sweet music.

When he was a child AERICK BAKER wanted to be a dinosaur (a brachiosaurus to be exact) – hmmm…Ok, I guess that was an innocent childhood dream! As he got older, he wanted to be a scientist and build a time machine to fix world’s problems – very admirable. THANK GOD he never became a scientist as I’ll never come to know of his truly unique atmospheric R&B signature sound.

In his bio, Aerick mentioned that he felt ostracized as a kid and always wanted to fit in -well, most of us can relate to that. With an out-of-sight discography under his belt, this Los Angeles artist is more than welcome on NEW LEASE MUSIC.

So guys, here’s your treat for today – have a listen to Blow Your Brains Out. Check out his other tracks on You Tube (highly recommended!)