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Kamikaze – [Omar Apollo]

When I first got hooked on watching The Cave with Kenny Beats, I was drawn in by all the incredible rappers he invited to the studio to freestyle over insane instrumentals. Then, when he began inviting unpredictable yet incredible talents like Marc Rebillet and Omar Apollo onto the show, my horizons began to expand, and my mind was completely blown. Their appearances brought a new side out of Kenny, while Kenny was able to challenge them and give them a soundscape that isn’t typically used by these artists. Nonetheless, they rose to the occasion, of course, and went off the rails unlike ever before. I bring this up because Omar Apollo’s episode was my first introduction to the Indiana songbird, and although I definitely need to familiarize myself even more, when I saw he released a brand-new song entitled “Kamikaze”, I had to stop everything I was doing and tune in. To start the beat off on the right foot, producers Omar Velasco and Teo Halm team up to offer up dreamy, mystifying, and resounding synths of some sort paired with an instrument that sounds like a filtered electric guitar. Eventually, a consistently groovy bassline coupled with old school-inspired percussion …

CMTEN: How To Blow Up And Stay Cool

If there is one simple phrase that encapsulates the grander music landscape since the inception of social media, it’s that “anyone and everyone has the power to jumpstart a career in music in one fell swoop.” Time and time again have the most simplistic, down to earth, and humble individuals seen their musical aspirations skyrocket as a result of one sudden blip in a certain algorithm online; it’s more than a trend at this point… it has practically become a science.  But that does not mean that every artist who has benefitted from this state has utilized it as a science in the past few years, which is far from the case. And for the latest, and possibly greatest example of this concept being put into motion at random, look no further than the sudden rise of CMTEN.  This 19-year-old rising star had his artistic career take off to unfounded levels when one of his tracks “NEVER MET!” became known worldwide with its popularity aided by the all-too-influential platform of Tik Tok. The song itself has been regarded as one of the most standout tracks from this rising underground pop movement that is gaining traction day by day and moment …

Puppy Dog – [Dreamer Boy]

Since the late-2018 release of Dreamer Boy’s debut project Love, Nostalgia the Nashville based singer has taken the pop space by storm and his vibrant and synth-driven style has captivated the ears of hundreds of thousands and his humble and approachable nature have quickly endeared him to his newfound adoring masses. In addition to the tremendous internet success seen by Love, Nostalgia, the excitement for Dreamer Boy was indeed matched by the raucous live shows that he has played all across the globe, ranging from opening for Still Woozy and Omar Apollo, and most currently Zach Taylor, the man behind Dreamer Boy, is touring across Europe alongside Clairo. Most recently Dreamer Boy unveiled his newest single “Puppy Dog” that is a breezy and whimsical tune dedicated to the sweet puppy love that could turn even the harshest heart for the better. The Bobby Knepper produced track takes an upbeat and sanguine guitar that interjects a beachy twang throughout the chorus. “Puppy Dog” is astoundingly catchy and I think that it may be his next song to do huge numbers and after only about seventy-two hours of being out the support for the song has been enormous, garnering a number of exclusive editorial playlists on …

BO Y – [Deaton Chris Anthony]

Admittedly, I wasn’t hip to Deaton Chris Anthony up until about two weeks ago. When you’re not hip to Deaton Chris Anthony, and try and enter his world, it can be a lot at first. But that’s also what has kept me coming back over the past few weeks, especially after the release of his brand new album, BO Y. You see, DCA — as he’s referred to in the bootleg NBA logo on his album cover — is one of a kind. He’s a jack of all trades, but not in a traditional sense. Rather, where Anthony’s music exists is in a world of striking color and sound, obsessed with liveliness and unable to get some rest for even a moment. At all times, DCA’s BO Y is doing something, and at all times, that something is impeccable — a drifting blip of sound that seems to disappear after just moments, only to be replaced by the next token of sonic magic. Oh, and even further into this theme of constant movement, it seems as though Deaton Chris Anthony doesn’t do just one speed. He switches gears often and abruptly, and marvels at athletic leaps between sounds and feelings — a given throughout BO …

Hit Me Up – [Omar Apollo] x [Dominic Fike] prod. [Kenny Beats]

Indiana-raised artist Omar Apollo has followed up the release of his single “Frio” last week with another new song, collaborating with Kenny Beats once again and bringing Dominic Fike on for “Hit Me Up”. A couple of months ago, Instagram posts of Apollo and Fike working together started circulating, and now listeners have the chance to hear what they’ve been cooking up. “Hit Me Up” offers the best of both artists’ worlds; Kenny Beats, who previously collaborated with Fike on their song “Phone Numbers”, uses a similar sonic aesthetic to bring the two vocalists together in a way that fits both of their styles. Over a smooth bassline and punchy drums, Apollo’s harmonies soften the track as Fike’s melodic flows ride the beat more aggressively. The three artists make for a natural match, and they’re able to capitalize on the hype that they each have around their names right now to make for a rewarding, highly-anticipated collaboration. Listen to “Hit Me Up” by Omar Apollo, Dominic Fike, and Kenny Beats below:

Frio – [Omar Apollo]

With a year marked by the release of his ‘Friends’ project, multiple headlining tours, and performances at some of the largest music festivals, Omar Apollo’s trajectory only seems to heighten with time. The Indiana native’s growth doesn’t only reflect in his career, but in his music too, as he has proven himself as an artist who’s not content with sticking to one specific sound throughout his music. Today, Apollo experiments with his sound even further, teaming up with Kenny Beats for a new song titled “Frio”. While most of Apollo’s music so far has stayed true to the indie/alternative outfit that he’s crafted since he first started releasing music, there’s undoubtedly always been an emphasis on making music that you can also dance to. “Frio” fully encompasses that danceable quality of Apollo’s songwriting, drawing heavily upon reggaeton rhythms that characterize the bulk of its production. On top of the hip-winding beat, Apollo’s alluring vocals become the focal point, drawing a listener in with dramatic passion and harmony. “Frio” marks a detour from Apollo’s usual style, albeit not a surprising one, and he fully embodies the seductive mood of the track in a way that maintains authenticity.

A Conversation with Omar Apollo, the Soul, Funk, Rock and Hip-Hop Showman Who’s One of the Most Refreshingly Real Rising Stars Around

Preternaturally gifted, singing, dancing artists with effortless charisma who seem destined for pop stardom simply do not just come around every day. And ones who don’t feel corny, canned or prepackaged? Ones who defy genres and deftly maneuver between R&B and hip-hop, funk and acoustic pop-rock? Ones who haven’t come up with the promotional force of a giant corporation (e.g. Disney) or a network talent competition behind them, but rather emerged organically through Soundcloud connections, from a truly hardscrabble, blue collar, midwestern, immigrant background? Well, now we’re talking about something that happens with the frequency of a total solar eclipse. But that’s all a fair description of what we’ve witnessed for the better part of two years in Omar Apollo, the first generation Mexican-American showman from small-town Indiana who through great, often remarkably vulnerable songs featuring irresistible melodies and earworm beats; electric live performances; affecting if largely modest videos and no-bullshit charm, has only seen his profile rise. The buzz began as far back as 2017, but with the April release of his second EP Friends and a sold-out tour to go along with it, it’s turned into a low roar.   By all rights, Omar should have canceled lunch …

So Good – [Omar Apollo]

Omar Apollo has been a favorite here on our lemon filled pages for a few years now, and he has grown into one of the hottest upcoming talents, and today he is back with a brand new music video for “So Good”. This video is especially interesting because the Indiana native made it feel like more of a throwback video that you would watch decades ago, Omar and the video director Kevin Lombardo created something special here to say the least, it’s easily the best video you will watch all day. Take a few minutes of your Saturday to watch this brand new visual below!

Ipanema – [Still Woozy] ft. [Omar Apollo] [Elujay]

Especially since I saw him in concert a few months ago, I haven’t been able to keep my eyes off of all the magic that Still Woozy has been blessing us with as of late. Not only is he eccentric in the most refreshing of ways, but the quality of his music never drops, marking just two of many reasons why the music world is so anxiously anticipating his forthcoming EP, Lately, due for release on May 8th. Today, Woozy is here to hit our pages with a dream team collaboration entitled “Ipanema” alongside Elujay and Omar Apollo. Throwing these three star-bound names together, I was deeply confident that “Ipanema” would be a special one, but it’s always difficult to live up to so much excitement and such high expectations. However, Woozy and the two guests on this track absolutely killed it, letting loose a feel-good track for the summer that perfectly expresses the magic of love, especially when the subject of the song loves you like you’re “six feet underneath the ground.” In addition to the heart-warming, love-minded deliveries and the lush production on “Ipanema,” the guest spots are what helps bring this track full circle and make it as wonderful …

Friends EP – [Omar Apollo]

Less than a year ago, Omar Apollo was one of the Midwest indie scene’s best-kept secrets, with his constantly evolving talent likely to soon reach mainstream levels of attention. Today, with sold-out solo tours, major festival appearances, and late night talk show performances under his belt, it’s clear Omar’s no longer just indie music’s favorite Indiana boy. As with any artist on the rise, whether or not their music will evolve with them becomes an essential question—one that Omar gives a resounding answer to with his latest release. Less than a year since his debut EP ’Stereo’ dropped, Omar returns with another 7-track project titled ‘Friends’. Early singles “Ashamed”, “Trouble”, and the EP’s title track gave three distinctly different windows into what the rest of the project would sound like. Delivering a funk-infused pop track, a coming of age ballad, and an acoustic tear-jerker, the rest of the EP follows suit with a track list that highlights Omar’s versatility. A constant quality that transmits across his mingling of different genres is his candid songwriting style, with lyrics that come across as moments of vulnerability. It’s these moments of honesty that have made Omar a distinct artist since his earliest songs, …