SEARCH FOR: ALTERNATIVE

SEX – [No Suits]

With a clear and present pioneer mindset, No Suits lives and breathes the idea that many flavors always make the best product. The four-person band, made up of former classmates, is getting their Lyrical Lemonade debut today for their newly released seven-track album, SEX. Combining a medley of styles, flows, subject matter, and even languages, No Suits proves their ability in making a project that is undeniably concise while simultaneously sporadic in the best way possible. Opened by the groovy funk ballad, “Sue,” No Suits, sets a prime example of the kind of funky-rock-fueled bravado that lives and breathes throughout their new album. Seamlessly transitioning into the blissed-out and love-struck mentality of “Bad Bitch” the four-piece band finds a center between shimmering alternative and swag-laced R&B. Almost through a natural progression, the project continues with “Sugar,” a rap centric exhibition that combines the group’s predilection for funky bass-lines with Abhi the Nomad’s lyrical chops. After the album’s brief interlude, “Sexually Active,” comes the project’s second collaborative record, “Boat to Bermuda” featuring Kota the Friend. The new jack swing style of production on the album’s fifth record exudes breezy vibes and summer’s warm embrace. Primed with high energy, the album’s proceeding record, …

On The Way: 18Veno talks South Carolina, jetsonmade, BoyMeetSpace, and more

Photo by @bijannyfootball Over the past year and a half, largely under the guiding light of DaBaby, there’s been a shift happening in the Carolinas. The pieces are moving into place, the signature sound is there, and with names like jetsonmade and Neeko Baby behind the boards, the Carolinas – and more specifically, South Carolina – are churning out hit after hit, playing entirely by their own rules while the rest of the world tries to play catch-up. The soundtrack to it all? “Jetson made another one.” Today, with numerous hits to his name and even a hit single at this very moment in the form of “WHATS POPPIN,” jetsonmade is using onwards and upwards growth to turn inwards, championing his native South Carolina with a locally-focused label called BoyMeetSpace. From producers 1stClass, Deskhop, and Neeko Baby to creative director Chidiebere Udogwu, he’s keeping things close to home, with one artist, in particular, as the chosen one for his SC-oriented team: 18Veno. Hailing from Winnsboro, South Carolina, 18Veno is a 19-year old rapper supplied with beats from arguably the hottest crew of producers in rap right now. By all definitions, he’s South Carolina’s “chosen one,” and as the chosen one might do, Veno has …

Before the Storm (Day) – [Vwillz]

Rising superstar out of Colorado Vwillz is someone who has been on my radar for some months now, and he has yet to let me down when it comes to his musical abilities. The way he approaches each song and project with such creativity and attention to detail is nothing but admirable. While a lot of the industry may be focused on simplicity and the “fast food” era of music, Vwillz does not conform to that stereotype or commonality. The work that he has been putting in all year is leading up to his debut album, which he is gearing up to drop sometime this year. While we wait, he is blessing his fans with the first installment of his two-part series Before the Storm (Day). If there’s one thing for certain, Vwillz is very calculated when it comes to his music releases and how he wants to release his music as well. For him to be an unsigned artist, that is something that is admirable to see. The level of detail he puts into projects is something that most artists don’t showcase until the later parts of their careers. However, Vwillz has put together a two part series–Day being the …

Big Brain Man – [Whu Else]

Whu Else is an artist who I have had the pleasure of discovering on Spotify today, and because of that, he is making his initial appearance on our platform with his new project titled “Big Brain Man”. This project is nine songs in length and it contains plenty of interesting sounds from Whu Else, he jumped on a variety of different beats + used his unique voice to create ear-pleasing songs that make him stand out from anyone else. The best way that I would try to explain Whu Else, is it sounds like hip-hop elements + pop music + some alternative indie sounds just ran right into each other at 1000 miles per hour, and his sound is the outcome. Stream this new tape below and if you enjoy it then tell a friend about Whu Else, he’s still a rising act so he can use all of the exposure that he can get!

Five Excellent Beat Projects Pt. 2 – [Marcus D] x [Stan Forbee] x [Oilix] x [A N T I T H E S I S] x [Fujitsu]

Producers/beatmakers are often unfairly overlooked because of artists. Truth be told, producers are artists themselves, as every instrumental requires its own unique form of craftsmanship, and a precise vision to execute the idea. Without producers, your favorite hit single would simply not sound the same, yet alone exist! Comparable to the clientele work of an artisan or sculptor, when producers craft beats for artists, they must put themselves in another’s shoes to innovate. However, the music of production pioneers Nujabes and J. Dilla demonstrates that instrumentals are entirely separate and complete bodies of work. Applied rapping or vocals are not complements to production, but instead honorary elements that create an alternative version. Therefore, to an extent, the artist serves as a guest feature over the producer’s original creation. To effectively shed greater light to the creative brilliance of producers, I’ve chosen to start a monthly series titled “Five Excellent Beat Projects,” which will highlight five instrumental works that I consider exceptional. This is the second installment of the series. Marcus D – Kirin – Marcus D is a phenomenally talented producer hailing from Seattle, who currently lives in Tokyo, Japan. Marcus has collaborated with American hip hop legends, such as Del the …

ifhy – [ericdoa]

Between artists, producers, and a number of other creatives, NEILAWORLD has become ubiquitous in the SoundCloud world and beyond. Not only does their roster span over a colorful selection of sounds and styles, but the way that the group has managed to translate SoundCloud-born momentum into a cross-platform force is nothing less than crucial. Today, highlighting just one member of their ever-talented roster, we’re here to shed a light on ericdoa and his latest single, “ifhy,” released just under a month ago to date. Coming in at 2 minutes and 49 seconds in length, “ifhy” is a charming release for numerous reasons, a central one of which is the catalog that it exists within. Over the years, ericdoa has orbited around hip-hop just as much as he has indie and even alternative music, never shying away from his clearly-broad palette of tastes. And yet, even while weaving between several genres, the CT-based talent has managed to slowly improve his chops in each stylistic area, with “ifhy” acting as perhaps his best release to date in the more poppy, alternative space. Ericdoa has proven his worth as a genre-agnostic artist many times over, and with songs like his latest, it feels as though …

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 / …

Loverboy – [Pollari]

Over the past handful of weeks I have posted about Pollari’s new singles & raved about how much I loved the new sound, and today he is back with his brand new full-length project titled “Loverboy”. This project is a rather quick listen coming in at just over twenty minutes in length & having just eight songs on the tracklist, but if you ask me, that was the perfect amount of music that he needed to get his point across that he can master this type of alternative sound. Anybody who has been following Pollari’s career from the beginning has noticed he is as versatile as they come, it seriously seems like you can tell Pollari what type of song you want to hear, no matter the genre, and he can master it in no time. This project here is one of the best that I have heard this month, I liked all of these tracks provided, but my favorite was either “Diary” or the single “Lovers Lane”. I wonder if after this release, is Pollari going to keep going this route in his music, or switch up & head back to some more rap type of music. Either way, …

Myself, this time / Lock My Door-[ALLY]

As I’ve said many times before, the area of Nashville is truly a hub for some of the most promising talent in the industry. Over the past couple of months, I’ve stumbled upon many singers/songwriters from Tennessee who are putting together impressive bodies of work and today’s article features one of the latest. ALLY, originally from Hartselle, Alabama is an up and coming alternative R&B artist who truly has a future in this profession of music. When I first came across her music, it was an instant connection. Her voice possesses an angelic tone that is extremely hard to come by in an industry filled with talent. ALLY has exceptional control over her voice which allows her to experiment and push herself to the edge of her creative boundaries. As an artist, the Nashville native is just getting started, but as you dive into her music, it’s very evident that she’s finding her sound and confidence with every release she drops. ALLY found her passion for music after spending two years at Middle Tennessee State University. It was there where she began diving into artists like Daniel Caesar and D’Angelo to name a couple; often citing those two as inspiration …

Get Home Safely – [boyband]

More times than not, you can find the newest & hottest rising hip-hop artists covering our platform, but every now and then, we sprinkle in artists from other genres as well. Today, a rock artist that goes by boyband is making his Lyrical Lemonade debut with his latest offering titled “Get Home Safely”.  Boyband is what I would consider a creative who was inspired by many different artists & styles of music growing up, and the final outcome of these inspirations is a sound like this, it’s a mix of rock/alternative, and I’d even say some hip-hop elements within his verses. I am new to boyband but I can definitely say that he gained a new fan today, and I believe he will gain another with you, stream this new track below!