100 Songs You Need To Hear From 2018
Below are 100 songs you need to hear from 2018, as chosen by The Fox Magazine staff.
These are artists we have personally listened to and covered throughout the year. Listen to the Release Radar playlist on Spotify.
Bad Habits – Madame Gandhi, Zach Witness
A lifelong activist with a Havard M.I.A., L.A. based Madame Gandhi released this call to action jam in late 2018. She aimed to inspire the listener dance, and then go out and vote. Her uplifting rhythms and soothing harmonies are a perfect way to elevate the female voice. Madame Gandhi made viral news in 2015 by running the London marathon and has spoken at the White House. Look out for her new album, Visions in the new year.
Still – Joshua KYEOT
Joshua grew up in Accra, Ghana and the UK, where he taught himself to play instruments. A leading tenor in high school, he is no stranger to the type of pressure associated with live performances. Those who attend his shows describe his passion as “palpable” as he draws from a variety of musical traditions simultaneously. His style ranges everywhere from alternative soul to rock.
Joyride – Russo
Los Angeles based Russo, released their debut EP House With A Pool, which received rave reviews. The refreshing, 7 track EP is infused with enough energy to take the band to a new level of originality.
Token – LISHI
Australian singer-songwriter, LISHI (Eleanor Dunlap) released this track in early November. It is laced with beautiful melodies and subtle electronic textures in order to explore the ideas of love, loss and finding the strength to move on. Her music has been featured in numerous TV shows, ranging from ‘The Fosters’ to ‘Catfish.’ ‘Token’ is a song about/dedicated to Dunlop’s father.
A.A.T – SG Lewis, GoldLink
A.A.T is taken from the second phase of SG Lewis’ three-part album ‘Dusk, Dark, Dawn.’ The album chronicles the trajectory of a night out through its different mood and genres. As a tribute to youth culture, it blends disco, smooth electro, and funk. ‘A.A.T.’ sets the tone of this album’s second phase ‘Dark’ with Drew Love’s ominous flavor, before the album moves into the nitty-gritty of a night’s belligerence.
Blue Lips – Tove Lo
Shot over 3 days the film follows the nighttime adventures of two friends Ebba (Lo) and Kit (Coto), as they blur the lines between reality, sex and their friendship, dipping in and out of induced highs, lows, nightclubs, and bathtubs. The 25-minute short features music from “BLUE LIPS” and is directed by Malia James.
faded/2am (feat. GoldLink) – Lila Drew, GoldLink
What started as a voice memo on her iPhone when en route to the recording studio one evening has quickly become one of the most intimate and soulful songs to emerge in 2018. Co-produced with Michael “Mighty Mike” McGarity (Lana Del Rey, FKA twigs, Miguel among others) and mixed by Grammy Award-winning Derek “Mixed by Ali” (SZA, Kendrick Lamar), ‘faded/2am’ is a stunning, minimalistic R&B jam, featuring the critically acclaimed American rapper Goldlink.
None Of My Business – Cher Lloyd
Following a newly inked record deal with label giant Universal Music, Cher Lloyd returned to her legion of fans with this track after a two-year hiatus. Produced by Hitimpulse whose worked with the likes of Rihanna, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding, and Zara Larsson to name a few.
I Want You – ASHLEE + EVAN
Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross aka Ashlee + Evan delivered the goods once again with a brand new track titled ‘I Want You,’ available on all digital platforms worldwide.
Summer Days – Beka Fox
Beka Fox is a singer/songwriter from Nashville, TN who released a folk/indie pop ‘Summer Days’ EP that shocked listeners around the nation. Fueled by a mix of pop vocals, Beka’s track “Change” takes the listener to a dream state and makes them realize it is possible even in the harshest days of summer.
Baby Don’t Talk – LÉON
Critical acclaimed as “Sweden’s next big thing,” LÉON is ready to make her welcomed return with the release of a scorching new single, “Baby Don’t Talk” offering listeners the first taste of what’s to come from her forthcoming debut album due in 2019 via her own LÉON Recordings imprint in partnership with BMG.
Keep Lying – Donna Missal
American singer-songwriter and musician Donna Missal has released her debut album, ‘This Time,’ its title is taken from a track Missal co-wrote with her frequent collaborator Sharon Van Etten, an uncompromisingly honest look at living entirely on your own terms.
I Don’t Lack Imagination – E^ST
20-year-old Australian singer Mel Bester aka E^ST released her brand new single and undeniable summer jam, titled “I Don’t Lack Imagination.” Applauded for her “irreverent confidence” and “turning the microscope on adolescent heartbreak,” she recently teamed up with Oak Felder of crazy hitmaking duo Pop & Oak for her new song.
Loyal to Me – Nina Nesbitt
Amassing upwards of 100 million combined streams to date Nina Nesbitt returned with her brand new single “Loyal To Me,” and it quickly became a fan favorite at her numerous SOLD-OUT shows. “Loyal To Me” is an infectious pop gem destined to become an empowering, no-nonsense pop anthem with a digital twist, urging love-sick listeners to take the reigns both on-and-off-line.
Wild – Molly Burch
An album literally created during the hurricanes that ravaged Texas, First Flower, was created by LA native Molly Burch and bandmate, Dailey Toliver when they were locked away in their home and bouncing ideas off one another. The album’s lead single, the wistful, “Wild,” is a song about the desire for self-acceptance.
Maybe 25 – Minke
Written about the emptiness of online dating and the hold technology has over us, with an equal amount of humor and disdain, Minke has returned today with a stunning new single titled “Maybe 25.”
Suddenly – Future Generations
“Suddenly” is the 3rd single off Future Generations upcoming new album Landscape (Frenchkiss Records). “Sometimes things just happen the way they are supposed to and they happen all at once, but it takes a bit of patience leading up to it. Suddenly encompasses that message both in its lyrics and in the way it came about.
Put It to Bed – JHart
GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter, and producer JHart (AKA James Abrahart) unveiled his debut solo single last year, the emotionally-charged soul-pop anthem.
4U – Joakim Molitor, Cher Lloyd
British pop-starlet Cher Lloyd made a surprise return to the airwaves last June with a new feature alongside rising Swedish Producer/DJ Joakim Molitor and his latest single “4U” which follows his breakthrough single “Always Gonna Say Sorry.”
Golden Child – Say Lou Lou
Retreating to the hills of Los Angeles the duo Say Lou Lou, with a core team of like-minded creatives to foster a respectful and nurturing space within which ‘Immortelle’ gradually took shape.‘Golden Child’ is a stunning reminder of the girl’s musical prowess, showcasing a refreshing new sound that references the old Hollywood golden era and 70’s West Coast with its prevalent guitar licks and crisp drum fills. Written and recorded in an isolated recording studio in Beachwood Canyon in late 2017, ‘Golden Child’ is the result of an intimate creative process between the twin sisters.
Laure – Tristan De Liege
“Laure” was the fourth release from Tristan de Liège’s acclaimed album, “Kosame,” which is inspired by the feelings of nostalgia, peacefulness, and transience that accompany rain. For “Laure,” the L.A. based composer wanted a video that captured a sense of transience in creating something beautiful.
Clockwise – Dylan Dunlap
Dylan Dunlap is an internationally recognized singer/songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles.
Broad City (feat. Rosé & Kenna Slone) – Jordn, Rosé, Kenna Slone
The Nashville-based rapper, Jordn is claiming his place amongst the greats in the upcoming southern rap scene. His reflection on maintaining balance through the ups and downs compliments his vibey track and becomes the perfect pick-me-up for the seasonal change. The upbeat yet laid-back lyricism of Jordn’s verses is further enhanced by Pittsburgh vocal phenoms, Rose and Kenna Slone.
Catcher in the Rye – GRANT
Swedish artist Grant debuted the official video for her single “Catcher In The Rye.” Directed by Swedish visual artist and illustrator Michelle Eismann, the video focuses solely on rising star Grant, who dances her way through the Venus In Love inspired visual. Grant melds darkness with color in her stunning video.
Mad Mad World – Bonnie McKee
In the midst of a nationwide tour with renowned DJ/producer Kygo, acclaimed pop singer/songwriter Bonnie McKee released her euphoric new single, “Mad Mad World” following its premiere on Billboard.
Nothing Matters – Benjamin Lazer Davis
Benjamin Lazar Davis (Okkervil River, Cuddle Magic) released his debut solo album Nothing Matters, which features collaborations with Kimbra, Alex Toth of Rubblebucket, and Bridget Kearney of Lake Street Dive. The record’s charming pop sounds have been winning over fans with its soft, textured feel.
I Need a Love Story – Marta
Country pop artist and fashion guru, Marta, has a knack for design. In her music video, “I Need A Love Story,” which has received nearly one million views on YouTube since its release last Valentine’s Day. Marta is a young up-and-coming country singer-songwriter from Gdansk, Poland.
Stay Off My Mind (P3GI-13 & Skott Remix) – Skott, P3GI-13
Skott’s haunting days have transformed into those of lightness and airiness. Despite the uplifting feel of this track, “Stay Off My Mind” was written following the death of a close friend. Evolving from the haunting demeanor of her introductory tracks last year, the new music showcases a brighter side to this breakout artist who continues to impress with her smart and otherworldly lyricism and peerless vocal delivery.
The Outfield (The Midnight Remix) – The Night Game, The Midnight
Originally hailing from a small town outside of Boston, Massachusetts, The Night Game first entered the musical arena full-steam with their debut single “The Outfield.”
&burn (With Vince Staples) – Billie Eilish, Vince Staples
Billie’s newest ballad touches on loss and memories never made, accented by featured artist Vince Staples.Darkroom/Interscope Records artist Billie Eilish has released her latest track “&burn” worldwide. Studded with heartbeat-like drums and carried on muted, airy vocals, “&burn” evokes a morose inner-monologue whose outcome is left the listener to guess between devastation and redemption.
My Love – Until The Ribbon Breaks
The Welsh duo released the audio and video for the second track of their sophomore album. Following the highly anticipated release of their return single “Here Comes The Feeling”, Until The Ribbon Breaks released “My Love.” Their self-titled album, released last February, was born out of Pete’s inspiring journey from rock bottom to recovery, as he details his recent transformation in a heartfelt letter to his fans.
Only You – Parson James
Parson James returned with his captivating and emotionally charged single, “Only You.” The video features Kupono Aweau (who toured with Madonna on her Rebel Hearts tour) and transfemme musician/actress/designer/model Neon. The video was choreographed by Lindsay Blafarb of Lindsay and Craig fame.
Renegades – X Ambassadors
What started with performances at open bar nights and DIY venues has become something unstoppable. The American rock band X Ambassadors, and has been dominating charts, radio stations, and playlists all around the globe.
Sanctify – Years & Years
Years & Years are back with an explosive new track, “Sanctify,” the first taste of their hugely anticipated forthcoming sophomore album “Palo Santo” released by Interscope Records. The track is a bold leap forward in sound and vision from Years & Years, a band intuitively connected to great, homespun British pop classicism, but now standing bolt upright on the world stage.
Body – Sinead Harnett
“A bittersweet song of secret loves and vulnerability, and further cements Harnett’s voice at the front of England’s R&B movement.” British singer Sinéad Harnett unveiled her latest single “Body,” with a video that seems relatively simple conceptually but aptly utilizes color to convey the intense roller coaster of emotions associated with a deeply passionate love affair.
Yearned – JandTree
Originally from Virginia, JandTree are bringing a new sound to Southern California. The Hip Hop duo’s single “Yearned” has the flare that will make you remember JandTree for years to come.
Lois Lane – Porcelan
“Lois Lane”, the official second single from R&B-Soul Chanteuse, Porcelan, is the latest delivery from the Made In Memphis Entertainment vocalist after making a mark on the music scene with her chart-topping debut single, “The Real Thing Don’t Change.”
The beautiful ballad is based on the comic book character, Lois Lane, who is an award-winning journalist and the love interest of Superman.
Cold Blooded Creatures – AlunaGeorge, Bryson Tiller
Marking the band’s first independently-released project, “Champagne Eyes” a return to the deliciously twisted electronic soul that made audiences fall in love with the group’s 2013 debut album “Body Music.”
Mistadobalina – Del The Funky Homosapien
With over 20 titles and 30 years of activity and counting, Del is a true force in the game. He never ceases experimenting, delivering such classics as “Mistadobalina” and “Catch A Bad One” in the process, in addition to doing trailblazing work with Gorillaz and Handsome Boy Modeling School.
Dazed & Confused – Ruel
Since the debut of his official music video for “Don’t Tell Me” last week, teenage multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Ruel has dropped yet another soulful pop-gem titled “Dazed & Confused.” Ruel explains: “I wrote ‘Dazed & Confused’ in the front room of my Air BNB in LA last November with my friends and the song has come so far.
Speakerphone – Kay Eye
Emerging Chicago-based artist, Kay Eye, released his long-awaited video for his single, SpeakerPhone last year. Well worth the wait, the video stars Alabama State University alumna and two-time Sensational Stingette captain, Asia Martin, as the leading lady.
Flaming Hot Cheetos – Clairo
From making music in her dorm room to becoming one of the most intriguing and exciting indie-pop artists to emerge in 2018. 19-year-old student Clairo, also known as, Claire Cottrill released her official music video for her unexpected multi-million streamed viral hit song, “Flaming Hot Cheetos,” last year. Directed by Matt Dillon Cohen and shot in California, the video signifies Clairo’s first step out of the dorm room and into the beckoning global musical arena.
Face To Face – Little Boots
This track is featured on the EP “Burn.” This EP was collaborative project boasting some of the finest female talent in production, this record will see her shift even closer to the dance-floor, claiming a darker, more atmospheric territory while retaining her signature pop sensibilities. The result is an electrifying fusion of forward-thinking dance production and Victoria’s trademark melodies and lyrics.
In The Mood – Skott
Evolving from the haunting demeanor of her introductory tracks last year, the new music showcases a brighter side to this breakout artist who continues to impress with her smart and otherworldly lyricism and peerless vocal delivery.
Stole the Show – Kygo, Parson James
“Stole the Show” is a single from Kygo’s debut album. It uses a show at a theatre as a metaphor for a great relationship ending.
Road Trip – Kendall Gary
Ambitious, charismatic, country music recording artist Kendall Gary is a singer and songwriter from Lewisville, Texas. Born with talent, she began her music journey from the early age of four when she started singing and taking voice lessons with a classically trained opera singer. Traveling all over the world for the first nine years of her life, she expanded and experimented with many genres that inspired her before finally pursuing country as her own genre. And the rest is history.
Like A Wave (Offpeak Remix) – Heather Brave
Bright, brilliant, and big pop music can go hand-in-hand with quirky and clever expression. Initially inspired by an obsession with The Wizard of Oz, Brave took the first step on her very own yellow brick road at the age of five when she donned a different Dorothy dress every day. After cutting her teeth in local theater, she began landing film and television roles by high school, but music resonated the loudest, especially as she discovered the likes of Ingrid Michaelson, Lily Allen, Kate Nash, and Vampire Weekend.
Redefine – Belau, Szécsi Böbe
Belau is one of the most promising electronica newcomers around the European music scene. The message of Belau is a simple one: leave the busyness and monotony of everyday life behind, get rid of our barriers, and experience every moment to its fullest. In two years they had more than 120 live performances in 19 countries. The debut Belau full-length album, The Odyssey was released in 2016 and won the Hungarian Grammy in best electronic music album category.
Can’t Get Enough – Brett Newski
This prolific young artist has a beautiful six-album collection and shows no signs of stopping. Brett shares his raw lusty desire for experience with us through music. He can be found traveling the world and making music to feed the soul. If you are looking for music to inspire you music that will encourage you to break free from the status quo Brett Newski is the musician for you. This kid is breaking all the rules, and joyfully going against the grain. There is no reason why we have to be cookie cutter versions of who we are.
Heaven (feat. Donald Lawrence & Co, Keke Wyatt, and ChurchPpl) – Sir the Baptist, Donald Lawrence & Company, Keke Wyatt, ChurchPpl
Sir The Baptist, hip hop’s holistic lyricist, is proving himself to be a chaplain of the modern rap culture. As a second generation cultural minister, growing up in historically rich Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago, the idea of cleansing the culture has be a path Sir has been set out on since birth. By using the power of hip hop’s influence, The Baptist records compelling stories about real people as modern parables to strip away the shame and embarrassment that too often keep people from seeking help.
Monster – Lauren Dair
Meet Lauren Dair, a 19 years old alternative pop artist based out of Los Angeles, CA. “My song “Monster” may be one of the most vulnerable songs I’ve ever written and the response has been absolutely overwhelming. After winning the Stagelight Monthly Music Contest II and having Linkin Park share the song, I received a ton of messages from people telling me how much the song has helped them, their personal experiences with abuse, and how my art has inspired them. That is all I want; to really connect with other humans on an emotional level.”
Distant Past – Everything Everything
Across three albums, immense acclaim and intense adoration, the sound of Everything Everything has remained a volatile beast; a musical bucking bronco, their albums maximalist, frenetic, art-pop juxtapositions of R’n’B and melancholia and Afrobeat, of synths, guitars, falsetto. Critics have written of the frenzy of it, of the sheer sublime sweet sensory overload of it all.
Thorns – Le Youth Remix – Bonnie McKee, Le Youth
Bonnie McKee has become one of the music industry’s most sought-after songwriters, writing hits for the likes of Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, and Jason Derulo, to name a few. Her songs have received 6 Grammy nods, and dozens of BMI awards.
At the Purchaser’s Option – Rhiannon Giddens
Singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the Grammy award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, playing banjo and fiddle. Giddens’ 2014 Grammy-nominated solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, blends gospel, jazz, blues, and country, and showcases her dazzling vocal prowess.
Twins – Cloud Castle Lake
Sitting at 5-and-a-half minutes long, this rousing piece of work signifies a welcomed return from the critically acclaimed band. Having burst onto the scene back in 2014 with their self-released debut “Dandelion” EP, the young band has since been championed by critics across the globe.
Faithful – BOBI ANDONOV
Australian up-and-coming alt-pop artist Bobi Andonov possesses one of those rare powerhouse voices that both punches you in the gut and tears at your heartstrings. The young singer-songwriter radiates a full spectrum of emotions – pain, sadness, longing – all impeccably delivered through a smooth, almost effortless falsetto.
.Doré – Peter $un
Hailing from Richmond, VA – Peter $un delivers a perennial sound that will be hard to ignore for long. The Richmond, Virginia native “$unny” brings a different style that gives off a vibe of Chance the Rapper blended with Kid Cudi. His eclectic beat selection and raspy unique vocals bring together music that you can almost see. After performing at SXSW this year he is definitely on pace for bigger things as a writer, artist, director, producer, father, revolutionary, philanthropist & rapper.
Better Together – Hayden James, Running Touch
Singer, songwriter, and producer Hayden James, originally from Sydney, Australia creates R&B-influenced downtempo electronic pop music as well as more club-minded remixes. His songs typically feature dope synthesizers, delicate melodies, and sensual vocals, while his remixes for artists such as Odesza and Basecamp incorporate elements of trap and deep house music.
Betta Fish – Moon Honey
This track is now out on Apple Music and Spotify and is Honey Moon’s first release since the critically acclaimed 2013 debut Hand-Painted Dream Photographs, which quietly sent shockwaves throughout the underground, bubbling up with praise courtesy of The New York Times, Noisey, NPR and more. The duo includes lead vocalist, visual artist and lyricist, Jess Joy, and guitarist and composer, Andrew Martin, and together they’ve created an out-of-this-world concoction of magic that transports you to another peculiar and exciting realm of sound and vision.
Once In A Lifetime – Single Version – The Night Game
Originally hailing from a small town outside of Boston, The Night Game entered the musical arena full-steam with their debut single “The Outfield,” described as a “future classic” by Noisey. Released this fall, in conjunction with news of The Night Game’s worldwide record deal with Universal’s Interscope and Vertigo Records, “Once In A Lifetime” serves as the follow up to the band’s critically-acclaimed debut single, “The Outfield,” a song so infectious that it caught the attention of John Mayer, leading to his asking the band to join his North American Tour.
Giver – K.Flay
Earlier this year, K.Flay released her debut album Every Where Is Some Where which debuted at #1 in the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and boasts powerful tracks such as “High Enough,” “Blood In The Cut,” “Black Wave” and her current single “Giver” which continues to climb the Alternative Radio’s charts.
Lover Like Me – Off Bloom
The trio “Off Bloom” – Mette on vocals and Mads & Alex on production – formed in Copenhagen but recently moved to London. Their boundary-pushing sound is the perfect melding of Scandinavian electro-pop and a new wave of UK and US beats with global influences.
One Day Like This – Elbow
Elbow have been lauded for one of the landmark Pyramid Stage performances at Glastonbury Festival, collaborated with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra.
Fuckbois! – Gracen Hill
Gracen Hill is a singer and songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee who takes melody and fuses it with raw emotion. The artist has been through a rollercoaster of experiences and emotions but embraces them to push her towards greatness in the heart of Music City.
Don’t Change for Me – Nigel Hall
Living in New Orleans, Nigel Hall embraces the soul music community. He’s worked with the Warren Haynes Band, Lettuce, Soulive, and numerous others, building a powerful platform for what has now become one jaw-dropping song after the next. While many people already know about Hall’s keyboard skills and powerful vocal style, it’s his solo albums that set him apart on a whole new level to what some have termed “a revelation.”
Traveller – Humingbird
The record carousels from the made-for-the-convertible namesake “Western Movies,” to the grinning and seductive “Hummingbird,” to the pining “When You’re Away,” which Robert penned in a caffeine binge as Jonny and Cory were dropping hundreds at a Croc’s Outlet Store.
Slow Down – The Vinci, D’casso
“Music to me is a journey to find yourself. Within every lyric, over every beat, and within the depth of silence that a brief moment of musical rest brings, I am confronted with myself. And I have been trying to discover myself for quite a while.” –The Vinci
Good Karma – Finding Novyon, Big Banana
Exploding in music & fashion, Novyon is making waves around the country after just completing his first tour last year. His new single delivers an upbeat eccentric vibe that unveils witty bars in every verse.
Starlight – Jai Wolf, Mr. Gabriel
From violin to remixes, Jai Wolf is taking the country by storm. Sajeeb Saha balances a world of incredible talent between the powerful ripples of electronic music and hip-hop. Taking on the name Jai Wolf, this artist has garnered thousands of fans in only a short amount of time.
Beatnik Trip – Gin Wigmore
New Zealand singer-songwriter Gin Wigmore returns with the release of new single, “Beatnik Trip.” Written by Gin Wigmore, Steve Rusch and Mr. Hudson, “Beatnik Trip” highlights her soulful vocals against a lively foot-stomping percussion section to create a rousing and energetic summer single.
Jet – Digitalism
Fresh off the back of previous release “Spektrum,” the first track to be taken from the EP, the Hamburg duo showcase their signature electronica sound across the release, building layers of high-tempo synth-tones across brooding opening chords. With a mid-track drop into faded silence, the track slowly builds again, utilizing instrumental sounds and deep horns, creating a soundtrack-like swell that dips deep, deep into the core of Digitalism.
Ends of the Earth – Lord Huron
Based out of Los Angeles, Lord Huron has taken the indie folk scene by storm. What began in 2010 with the recording of three songs, quickly transformed into something that would gain rapid recognition, leading the band to tours across scorching deserts, ice-capped landscapes, and wild forests.
Liberteens – Gabi Sklar
Fueled by a mix of smoky vocals, blurred accompaniment, and filtered light, Gabi’s video “Liberteens” takes the listener to a dream state – a hushed yet urgent world of the here and now. Under the banner of “Forever is Today,” Gabi sings an anthem that weighs consequences against sensation, impulses against discretion – and finds rationality wanting. Hers is a vivid world of freedom without fear, memories without mistakes – at least as long as the mantra holds.
COPYCAT – Billie Eilish
“COPYCAT” followed the release of the track “watch,” as well as the release of her official video for the “Thirteen Reasons Why” Netflix Original soundtrack song “Bored.” Billie explained “COPYCAT” is about when “people do everything someone else does to the point that they are not even themselves anymore.”
Groovy Goddess – IzzeYe
IzzeYe graduated from Hofstra University in 2016 with a degree in Global Studies. He was approached about a year ago by his alma mater with an offer to be one of the first major names to be signed to their student-run record label, Mane Records.
Psychopath (Recorded at Spotify) – Charlotte Lawrence, Nina Nesbitt
After a massively successful run at SXSW in March, and with her North American tour with Jake Bugg starting, Scottish singer, songwriter, and musician Nina Nesbitt announced her partnership with Spotify for their Louder Together program, a unique collaboration with fellow female songwriters Sasha Sloan and Charlotte Lawrence, to write and record the first ever collaborative Spotify Singles Original called “Psychopath.”
Y.T.S. – Swavé
A long way from being booed by a packed house at the University of Kentucky’s (UK) Apollo night, Swavé internalized the feel of being rejected and used that experience to get back into the studio to find a stay all his own and prove those people wrong.
Believer – Cyn
Hailed as a “sensual and shadowy shiver for the dance floor” by Billboard, “Believer” is the latest in a string of singles from the rising artist, who recently completed a tour with Katy Perry in Mexico and supporting dates with Sigrid in North America.
Trash – Antonio Ramsey
Born in South Florida, Antonio Ramsey, who’s currently being presented in the Los Angeles performance sect, is destined to dominate the charts and update what we now know to be the soulful sound of today’s man.
Records – Sun June
Strikingly soft and touchingly lonesome, “Records” stands out in this Austin band’s debut, a masterful collection of indie pop gems that far exceed the fresh fivesome’s experience.
Two Way – T BARZ
Born and raised in Mobile Alabama, Felecia Nichole Tunstall musically known as T Barz realized her gift of writing in 2009 when she started writing poems which turned into spoken word that she performed at local functions.
All For You – WONDR
The song is a follow up to his debut single, “White Aston.” WONDR took a love for NASCAR/car racing and passion for music and combined both to write “White Aston,” which, in turn streamed over 500k times (and counting) on Spotify alone. The song landed him his first festival billing at Summer Daze Music Festival in Raleigh NC, and validated WONDR, who had previously been in a duo, as a solo artist.
Throwback – Miles Arnell
Miles Arnell is a pop & pop-crossover singer and songwriter. In addition to his talented vocal performances, Miles plays several instruments and his songwriting has led to awards in music competitions and favorable reviews in magazines like “The Aquarian Weekly.”
Sugar Daddy – Macy Gray
With a career that includes multiple Grammy, Billboard, MTV and BRIT Awards, and record sales of over 25 million worldwide, the integrity and innovation of Macy Gray’s artistry has allowed her to forge her own path to success and win fans and critics from all around the world. Her music transcends genres and generations thanks to her signature storytelling, legendary voice and willingness to experiment, whether it be in soul music, R&B, pop, alternative rock, jazz, retro-disco and hip-hop.
Play – Jax Jones, Years & Years
DJ and songwriter Jax Jones has worked with some of the most exciting emerging talents, tastemakers, and the world’s hottest artists, Jax continues to choose collaborators which set him apart from the current crop of dance hit-makers.
Are We Still Young (feat. Jessi Mason) – Grant, Jessi Mason
Every so often a voice comes along that leaves you utterly entranced and completely hypnotized. Today, that captivating voice belongs to rising Stockholm-based singer/songwriter Grant. Each of her songs is rooted in raw emotion, as her albums demonstrate a poet’s attention to detail and knack for unexpected turn-of-phrase, whether the mood is ecstatic or stormy, outrageous or fragile, Grant endlessly proves her skill at sculpting melodies and lyrics as exquisite as a tune from some centuries-old music box.
Summer Shxt – Justin Park
JUSTIN Park is a Korean-American singer/songwriter from Los Angeles with a charming voice as his instrument, he is the future of R&B. PLACES LIKE HOME features a complex look at the 22-year-old artist, who penned all of the tracks on this album. Drawing inspiration from his life, the album shares stories from the heart — everything from the hits and misses in relationships, to the happiness and pain he’s gone through.
Elevator – Alex Bloom
In a short amount of time, this young artist’s music has gotten some impressive music fan attention. The day “Elevator” was released it was immediately added to Spotify’s Chill Vibes Playlist (playlist has over 900K followers). The song is quickly approaching 20,000 Spotify plays.
Happier (Violin Version) – Lauren Conklin
Lauren Conklin is a live/studio musician from Nashville Tennessee who loves music of all kinds but specializes in country/bluegrass.
Paper – Shungudzo
Radical thinker and artist Shungudzo (aka Shun) currently working on her debut EP and plans to release more music in early 2019, delivers an important message through her latest single “Paper” which draws inspiration from the perception of America aka ‘the promised land.
You Like It – Sean2 Miles
“The creative process started with my homie, Track Savage. He sent the idea of the track over and Tha Hitbangaz made it a hit. I then put my sauce on the production and lyrics and within minutes, “You Like It” was fresh out the oven,” chuckles Sean 2 Miles.
Gold – SQRD
Carl Robin Kirchmann, the artist behind SQRD, is 25 years old and has a background in jazz and classical music. He has played classical guitar and piano ever since he can remember, and has been a member of many different jazz ensembles as well as small pop/rock bands.
Want U Back – ARTLOVER
The single “Want U Back” was ofﬁcially released on March 2 and has been widely acknowledged by a host of magazines and blogs for its fresh vibe. It was produced by Swedish writer / producer Max Billion (Mike Perry, DIMA) and Tae-sub Lee (Twice, Day6) from JYP Entertainment ‘ARTLOVER’ is currently ﬁnishing her debut EP due out in June this year.
Skurt Skurt – Antonio Ramsey, Hopp
What becomes of a striking vocal talent that was born and bred for entertainment in South Florida, polished and primed in Atlanta, and is currently being presented in the Los Angeles performance sect? Undoubtedly, the debut of a conceptual new genre, “Funk Trap”, and a comprehensive new talent, Antonio Ramsey, who’s destined to dominate the charts and update what we now know to be the soulful sound of today’s man.
Sage – Hana Ni
Neo-Soul and R&B singer, Hana Ni recently released her new single, “Sage” a perfectly-balanced, genre-defying track about coming to terms with a relationship that was never meant to be. Showcasing a variety of vocal timbres with simple harmonies layered over a dreamy guitar track. She beautifully explains the realization that relationships are not always what we expect them to be. Hana Ni’s song is all about forgetting your ex-lover and moving forward.
Migration – Marley Carroll
On “Migration,” stuttering breakbeats anchor atmospheric melodies, moody keyboards, sparkling chimes, filtered breaths, and vibrant chirping. It is a lush, somewhat melancholic, and cinematic composition that connects human and animal elements. “Migration is about the necessity of adapting to change, which is one of nature’s immutable rules,” says Marley. “We are all waking up to the notion that we have an uncertain future, humans and birds included.”
Maria Therese – Bachata Haiti
Bachata Haiti brings together communities in conflict over the plight of economic refugees. Though Creole is the mother tongue of a number of popular bachata artists, and of many of their fans, a Creole language bachata has never been released until now. Sung in Creole and Spanish, Bachata Haiti joins Dominican bachata guitar maestro Joan Soriano with a roster of Haitian-Dominican artists with whom he has long collaborated. Spirituals and love songs speak to the humanity shared by all, in a language that is universal.
Something – . X. ARI
” X. ARI performs an impressive emotional balancing act on “Something.” Musically, it’s one of her most sensitive, measured tracks to date. The combination of more acoustic elements to go along with the pop productions that have been her trademark works beautifully and creates exciting new possibilities going forward.” – Substream
Gunz n’ black Roses – Berry Boo
Having already made a name for herself by performing and touring the world as a supporting vocalist for today’s top artists such as Nicki Minaj, Robin Thicke, Melanie Fiona just to name a few, Berry has created a unique style of singing and rapping that has taken her from the background to the forefront. “Gunz N’ Black Roses” was written by Berry Boo, Jonathan Jennings and Sophia Lauren and produced by RJ The Producer. The very in-your-face music video was directed by Jovi (A New Vision Films). The single is lifted from Berry’s recently released EP, “Clutch”, available on all streaming platforms now.
A Million Moments – Jackie Venson
The single follows up her EP Transcends and several singles released throughout 2018 following a rave-reviewed performance at this year’s Austin City Limits. It combines Venson’s staple blend of blues, rock, R&B, and soul to create a combustible cocktail that, when mixed with her raw power and warmth, is unforgettable. “A Million Moments “is instantly infectious, fusing alt-pop sensibilities with Venson’s undeniably impressive guitar skills to create something that marries the sounds of Gary Clark Jr. and Regina Spektor effortlessly.
Go into 2019 with unforgettable musical vibes!