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Angelus: The Next Generation’s Day One Superstar

To say that you’ve “been here since the jump” as an artist within a particular music scene is a common trait among those who’ve already seen whatever community they were a part of reach its highest limits. But to be able to say that in a scene that has decisively not even come close to arriving at its highest peak is quite a different concept with a great deal of weight attached to it.   But that is exactly the title that Angelus – a teenage phenom out of France – can claim to her place within the ever-rising next wave of pop music. Despite being as young as she is, she’s worked to pave the way for this burgeoning community since its earliest signs of starting — dating as far back as 2017. And through a combination of her sheer charisma and likability as a friend and frequent collaborative spirit first, along with her absolutely outstanding presence as both a defining talent of the scene on the mic and behind the boards, it’s extremely easy to see why this is exactly the case.   Since becoming one of the first figures in this now-highly saturated scene, she has developed …

Rhinestones – [Kembe X]

It’s always a good day whenever we get some new content from Chicago native Kembe X, who is back on our website this afternoon with his brand new record titled “Rhinestones”. It’s been a beautiful thing to watch Kembe X evolve over the years, we’ve always known that he had a mass amount of talent but he’s been hitting a stride over the last year or two, it seems like he just gets better with every record he puts out. On this joint here, Kembe X got very creative with his flow patterns, switching it up multiple times, pitching his voice up + down at points, and then getting faster or slower at others. I HOPE that we receive another project from Kembe this year, his last project was a standout of 2019 and I cannot wait to hear what else he has up his sleeve. Stream this awesome new song via Soundcloud below! Produced by Holly Kembe X · “Rhinestones” – Kembe X (prod. by HOLLY)

osquinn’s “Sticks and Stones” is a Departure in the Best Way Possible

Article by Billy Bugara Already moving far beyond the “one-dimensional” and “naive” labels that numerous critics have already placed upon her is osquinn, who just rendered all of those points irrelevant with her newest track “Sticks and Stones.” Rather than following her atypical approach to her craft dictated by her recent string of singles, she has convincingly taken a new direction with this offering — but one that is vividly reminiscent of tried and true hip-hop stylistics. Following other legends of their respective time periods like MF DOOM and Tyler, The Creator, this track sees her taking on the extremely well-known sample of Cortex’s “Huit Octobre 1971,” and just as those two MCs came through with their own unmatched styles over the beat, so too does Quinn by way of her signature pitched-up vocal delivery along with solemn lyrics that only she could deliver so elegantly and forcefully all the same. But what this track represents more than anything else is that Quinn is a student of the game, even being just 15 years old. With this track being so far against what her music may come off as to even her harshest critics, she is making it absolutely clear …

It’s Not Much, but It’s Mine – [Jiles]

There is a lot more that comes with being a rapper than just simply having the skill to rhyme. The exceptional standout’s deliver a combination of storytelling, individuality, as well as technical skill. An exciting and promising new name to place in this category is Jiles. The Brockton, Massachusetts rapper composes gritty verses with a concrete-toughness that is felt through his choice in production as well as through his storytelling ability. His new five-track EP, It’s Not Much, but It’s Mine, may only run a total of ten minutes, but its content and delivery make the showcasing seem much more lengthy. Jiles creates this world through his inspiring rapping ability, articulation, and emotive performance that transports listeners into the real-world situations the Massachusetts rapper depicts. Two of my favorite and absolute standout tracks, “Stones” featuring Big Super, and “Alibi,” are made up of heavy production and Jiles’ incredibly menacing voice that adds extra weight to every syllable he raps. Although the aforementioned-songs are my personal favorite, Jiles’ ear for darker beats completely texturizes the project making every track a clinical exhibition on his ability to deliver raw testaments of his life and upbringing.  Listen to It’s Not Much, but It’s Mine EP …

A Conversation With Mild Orange: A Gem Out Of New Zealand

Mild Orange is a four-piece band out of New Zealand who I first got familiar with earlier this year when I saw their sensational music video for “Making Things”, which led me down a rabbit hole to discover more of their content and soon enough, I was hooked! The band consists of four members; Josh Mehrtens, Jack Ferguson, Josh Reid, and Tom Kelk. These creatives have put together some of the most beautiful music that I have heard lately and I wanted to learn more about them, so I originally was trying to bring them by the Lyrical Lemonade office for an on-camera interview. After realizing that probably wasn’t going to work because they are halfway across the country, and because of the national pandemic, we agreed to do a written interview for the website until I get to meet them in person! If you are a fan of alternative or rock music, this band is going to be right up your alley, so stream their new album via Spotify as you learn about them below!   JM = Josh Mehrtens / vocals, guitar, production, creative direction JF = Jack Ferguson / drums & photography JR = Josh Reid / …

Cholla – [Jerry Paper]

It doesn’t quite feel like summer, but it is getting to be that time, and now more than ever we need feel-good summer tracks to keep our spirits up. Luckily, Jerry Paper just recently dropped the video for “Cholla” off his brand new album Abracadabra. You may remember Jerry Paper from his contribution to Tyler, the Creator’s Grinch Inspired EP from late 2018. His deep and charismatic vocals stand out right away and bring a unique and likable characteristic to his tracks, and this stays true here. “Cholla” is a lot of fun. The guitar riffs are playful, the bouncy bass lines are infectious, and the keyboard melodies create a strong foundation that guides the track along. Jerry’s vocals pair nicely with the light instrumental and he comes through with a catchy refrain that ensures this track will stay in rotation all summer long. The visuals here are strange to say the least, with very surreal animations that I can’t quite put into words. Mr. Paper’s face fills up a square screen in multiple different forms throughout the entirety of the video, twisting and turning along with the animations. Check out the otherworldly visuals for this track down below, and …

A Conversation with DJ Premier: One Of The Best Yet

DJ Premier is a pioneer of hip-hop and an absolute living legend, he has accomplished an astonishing amount in his career and just about a month ago he released his latest masterpiece, a brand new Gang Starr album titled One Of The Best Yet. I grew up a huge fan of Gang Starr in my adolescent years as I am sure many of the people reading this did as well, so when I first head about this new album I was in complete shock, partially because their last album prior to this came out way back in 2003 and also because it has been nearly a decade since the passing of the legendary emcee Guru who made up of one half of the group. This was the first time in his career that DJ Premier had to piece together an album without Guru by his side helping him compose it, he had previously recorded verses that we anywhere from 10-20 years old and he somehow managed to craft it into a tremendous + memorable body of work. Needless to say, when I got the opportunity to interview one of my idols and someone who I have studied like DJ Premier, …

Light Blue – [Ryahn]

‘Light Blue’, the debut EP from Ryahn, marks the latest milestone in the songwriter’s own process of healing. “The EP is about starting at zero in a very dark space and overcoming great obstacles to reach a point of harmony within yourself,” described the Broward County, Florida native. Blending elements of alt-rock, grunge, and soul, ‘Light Blue’ showcases the 21-year-old artist honing her versatility to find a signature sound—one that befits her wide range of musical influences and talents. Ryahn’s voice is the focal point at all times, whether it’s in the form of yearning howls on tracks like “SAD BOY” or embodying a more delicate soul on “NINETEEN”. Above all else, Ryahn proves herself as an adept songwriter, capable of flipping a song on its head at just the right moment or adding in a spoken-word interlude to push the narrative of the EP forward. But, that’s enough about the EP from me. Hear from Ryahn herself in our Q&A and check out ‘Light Blue’ for yourself below: — What is your songwriting process like? It differs! There are times when I pick up my guitar and something flows out of me. I just take a back seat while …

Song Of Solomon – [Solomon]

Back in March, Solomon (AKA Solomonluvbugs) made his debut with an impressive offering in “Cold Baby,” teasing something called SOS in the process. Turns out, it was his album Song Of Solomon, and, turns out, he picked right up where he left off delivering a well-rounded album that puts his wide array of styles on full display. With an ear for great production (from the likes of Stones Neighbor, Kye Colors, Mike Hurst, and more) the Kansas City excels at tweaking his delivery to fit the atmosphere of whatever style of beat he chooses. Case in point, “Dirt” and the following track “Speed Racer.” Each track has its own distinct feel–“Dirt” has a more textbook, traditional feel and “Speed Racer” is more atmospheric–but, back to back, they are two of the stronger efforts on the project. Even with a versatile approach, what really jumps out at me as a constant is the edge and grit Solomon brings both in style and lyricism; it often serves as the perfect contrast to the melodic-centric feel. Kansas City is home to some really bright, young talents, and now, it’s time to add Solomon to the ever-growing list. Standout tracks: “Dirt,” “Speed Racer,” & “Tarry Town”

Everything It Wasn’t – [Skyler Stonestreet]

Today, my latest fresh find is an artist named Skyler Stonestreet. Her recent release is a song entitled “Everything It Wasn’t” and it’s a track that I think a lot of y’all will enjoy. If you scroll through her discography, there are a lot of really cool tracks on there but her latest is definitely one to look out for. One of the coolest things about Skyler is the fact that she pretty much just does it all. Her career kicked jumpstarted once she began writing for some of the biggest names in the industry. She’s worked with the likes of The Chainsmokers, Dua Lipa, Marshmello, Sabrina Carpenter and more. With a creative mind like hers, there’s no question that she’s able to bang out hits; which is exactly what she does on this brand new single of hers. Skyler Stonestreet is definitely a name you need to know! I’ve attached the Spotify link to her latest track down below! Give it a listen and let us know what you think!