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Upper Reality – I Can (Video)

“Don’t miss “I Can” from Upper Reality. A light, pleasant song dedicated to the strong feeling of love. Taken out from a very fresh six-track EP in Alternative / Indie R&B style.”

-Nagamag.com

Upper Reality grew up in Frisco, TX. hER life has taken many twists and turns, from getting a Bachelor’s in Economics at UT Austin to spending a year in Cape Town, South Africa, to finally being based in Los Angeles for the past 2 years. Her sound reflects that journey—an sensual electro-soul museum of Dallas neo-soul keys and synths, Cape Town house-jazzy percussion, LA indie grooves and sample flips, and flourishes of inspiration from artists running the gamut from Sade, to the Doors, to Roy Ayers, to Phoelix and more.

She creates from the burnt-out-overachiever perspective, soothing the mind and soul and reminding listeners that others’ validation is not worth destroying yourself over, and you are enough just because you are.

www.instagram.com/upperreality/

Motenko – Waiting All Day (Spotify)

“Motenko with their latest release, on same title, which includes our pick - Waiting All Day, it offers us a soulful mesmerizing track with beautiful harmonies and gently groove, a playful solo guitar in a production which tickles your senses. Music that skips all your worries and force you to relax and enjoy the moment. ”

-Nagamag.com

Waiting All Day is a meditation on love that is unfulfilled. Each verse is a vignette about a different relationship that is somehow unrequited, and the chorus is about carrying forward in spite these muddled feelings.

www.instagram.com/mo_tenko/

About Motenko:

The saying goes you never forget your first love. For Micah Motenko—musically speaking—that would be Motown, a sound he swooned for at age 7. That music set an artistic ideal for Micah of well-crafted heartfelt songs, brimming with infectious hooks and smoldering grooves. Today, that love legacy burns from the self-titled debut EP from his groove machine, Motenko.

The Austin, Texas-based quartet formed in early 2018, and it’s a band of brothers whose day gigs are first-call hired gun musicians. Together, the players play a fresh but authentic blend of 1960s and 1970s soul, 1990s R&B, and New Orleans boogie.

“We want the music to sound like the stuff we listen to between gigs—like the music we all first fell in love with and made us want to play in the first place,” Micah shares.

Micah is the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and keyboardist of Motenko, but he’s first to admit it’s all a band affair. Motenko features Micah’s honeyed vocals imbued with a sweetly sincere quality of longing. His keyboard style has a vintage soul sensibility though it’s also informed by the playful and bold textures of hip-hop, neo-soul, piano-driven soul-rock, and modern R&B.

Micah is joined onstage, and in the studio, by guitarist Cat Clemons III whose play-for-the-song restraint and stanky grooves provide just the right amount of flair. Rounding out the soul machine is the in-the-pocket telepathic interplay of bassist Josh Flowers and drummer James Gwyn. You can catch them holding down Wednesday nights at the venerated East Austin venue Stay Gold.

The quartet mines the interlocking ensemble mindset blueprinted by the great rhythm bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s such as The Meters, Booker T. and The MGs, and the great Motown pit musicians. The band’s vibrant musicality is also informed by modern masters of soul such as producer J. Dilla, and the Soulquarians, the brilliant neo-soul collective the featured and worked with artists such as D’ Angelo, The Roots, Slum Village, and Erykah Badu.

www.facebook.com/Motenkomusic/

Shadi G – The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You (Spotify)

“Neo-Soul always creates a unique and truly homely, cozy mood. Shadi G and Goldamin Records showcase to listeners a new composition 'The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You'.”

“Neo-Soul всегда создаёт неповторимое и по-настоящему домашнее, уютное настроение. Shadi G и Goldamin Records дарят своим слушателям новую композицию 'The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You'.”

-Nagamag.com

The song moves you on a journey through the three seasons that can describe a relationship that has come to end.

In the verse we get introduced with the feelings of curiosity and insecurities. Moving onwards comes the realisation of the reality of your current situation, ultimately leading to an awakening and liberation.

www.shadi-g.com/

Lo Boii – Maybe (Spotify)

“The - Lo Boii - return with their new soulful pop single - Maybe - . Tickling sound design of beautiful minimal layers that are playign with our ear senses, light harmonies and a good mood vibe which erupted by a heartwarming vocal performance. Not just - Maybe - certainly we enjoyed this into max! Essential! ”

-Nagamag.com

Lo Boii's second single, off the duo's upcoming sophomore EP. Their previous single, Save Us, was featured on Spotify's Fresh Finds. They dig further into their 80s influences, paired with modern neo-soul vocals and production.

"When testing a relationship's limits goes wrong, you can get left in limbo, relationship purgatory, the 'Maybe'... maybe the love is strong enough to persevere... maybe not. Even if you're a little melancholy and lost in love, the vibe is right for you to dance to in the living room."

www.instagram.com/loboiimusic

With instrumentally brilliant production from Aalias —co-producer of the Grammy-winning Eminem and Rihanna single "The Monster" —and shining falsetto runs from Corey Latif —a two-time Grammy-nominated songwriter who’s written for Usher, Musiq Soulchild, Faith Evans, and more— Lo Boii is a project made with soul from the ground up.

Lo Boii’s previously released singles “Floor Seats” and “Sweeter,” which blend faithful nods to the pair's influences with a distinct, surprising new flavor. Tracks like “Chakra” shine a light on the pair’s blend of old-school funk licks and soulful vocal runs with a wholly original take on modern electronica. Layered sheets of sound combine with an underlying steadiness to form a masterfully crafted mosaic, and gems like their electrofunk cover of “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals put Latif’s falsetto chops on full display.

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NOHA SARÉ – TALK TO ME (Video)

“Stepping cinematic, introducing quickly to an abundant emotional vocal performance surrounded by angelic harmonic notes in a minimal way and hard beats, NOHA SARÉ manages to hypnotize us deeply to her impressive vocal capabilities, which could not be able to express in such a mesmerizing way without the brilliant elegant music layering. ”

-Nagamag.com

Talk To Me is about different stages of healing. It’s about facing your own fears and the attempt to turn them into strengths. The eye-catching video alongside the song, is directed by the 24 year old director, performer and visual artist (& best friend) Izak Berman. Izak & Noha have known eachother for a long time and have developed a special bond over the years, both in their collaborations and personal life.

www.instagram.com/noha_sare/

Noha Saré is a 24 year old singer who stands out for her powerful, yet sensitive voice. Drawing on various genres, her music can not be classified into one specific category; Noha’s music tends to swing like her moods. She loves to play with contradictions in her personality and likes to dive into them and explore them. Both in her music and in her photography and videography. Her promising debut single Talk To Me is a good example of this: a soulful, authentic sound lined with elements of alternative R&B and electro pop.

Born in Amsterdam and raised by parents who are both artists, Noha Saré grew up surrounded by art. From an early age, she and her brother Marius (who is a multi-instrumentalist and composer) started to perform and make music together. They collaborate on songwriting and Marius co-produces her music together with producer Tom Bachmann. Over the last years an inspiring collaboration and strong friendship has evolved between the three of them.

www.facebook.com/nohasaremusic

Honey Made – Be True (Spotify)

“Honey Made teams up with Tamara Mack for song - Be True - , the #4 anthem of latest new album of Honey Made - Brand New -. Delivering us all the upbeat soulful grooves and vocals needs we have right now is this shady days, infusing us with good energy to step into the changes we want to make for the best of all. ”

-Nagamag.com

Be True is about being true to your authentic self. The approval of others is fleeting while being true to yourself is lasting. Being true means being honest with yourself and others without concern about the approval of others

www.instagram.com/honeymadeatx/

Austin’s Honey Made bring back memories of legends like James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, and Earth Wind and Fire with their modern take on slamming primal soul and focus on their R&B roots. Having shared the stage with George Clinton & the Parliament Funkadelic, Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars, The Motet, Lee Fields, Roxy Roca and Flow Tribe, the band has already made quite a name for themselves locally, and are currently planning on rapidly expanding their audience beyond the Austin scene.

Honey Made began performing in 2018 and has become known as one of the best live bands and party bands in town. As one reviewer said; “You can’t help but smile at Honey Made. Its hard not to delight at their athletic musicianship, their infectious hooks, or hairpin turns between the entire canon of funk feels-hard funk, hip hop groves, or James Brown – you name it, they did it. If that was all it was, I’d still call Honey Made a great band, but it’s more than that, it’s their willingness to bring you into the fold makes seeing Honey Made a great time”

Honey Made derives the diversity of sound mentioned above from many influences. These include James Brown, Parliament Funkadelic, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings and Prince. Honey Made delights in bringing all of these influences into its music.

The band’s EP titled “Couple Few” released in 2020 shares these influences. This EP of five tracks includes influences of funk, rock and soul. The Word is Bond blog states that the self-titled track Honey Made (www.thewordisbond.com/top-submissions-ep2-apr-2020/)

“… is rife with all the goodies of the vintage funk-rock and soul jams from yesteryears. The production is super funky and edgy while the vocalists bring that catchy, call and response type performance to the forefront.”

The A&R Factory states that the track “Perfect Getaway” (www.anrfactory.com/honey-made-serve-up-sweet-soulful-nostalgia-with-their-latest-single-perfect-getaway/)

“.. contains enough Soul to induce goosebumps from the first few notes in the prelude. As the drippings of soul nostalgia intensify in Perfect Getaway, you’ll find yourself in an effervescently shimmering soundscape where every instrumental in the arrangement exudes fluid expression.”

Now the band has released its first full length record titled “Brand New” in November of 2020 produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. The record is comprised of ten tracks of original music. The title track “Brand New” is about how finding the right person can make all things “Brand New.” It also speaks to the emergence of Honey Made new music and a new direction. “Chicken Sweats” is about one of the band’s favorite foods but also let’s the listener know that there is more going on here. “Be True” is a more of traditional soul sound. Then there is funky instrumental “Southern Fried Funk” and the feel good track “So Good.”

In a review of the album Take Effect Reviews states ( takeeffectreviews.com/november-2020-1/2020/11/11/honey-made):

“ An album that parallels the energy of George Clinton And Parliament Funkadelic, but also possesses the capacity for slow burning timelessness, too, Brand New is an excellent starting point for a band we will all be hearing much more about in the future.”

Honey Made band members include: Willie Barnes, Vocals; Donald Ford Jr., vocals; Brian Cokeley, Keys; Lee Braverman, Bass; Chris Barnes, Drums & Vocals; Mark Saldana, Percussion; Dustin Hunter, Tenor Saxophone & Baritone Saxophone; Joseph Marrow, Trumpet & Flugelhorn; and Donald McDaniel, Trombone.

Follow Honey Made on social media for tour updates, new music releases, and special announcements. Facebook: @HoneyMadeATX. Twitter: @honeymadeatx. Instagram: honeymadeatx. You can also follow the band at www.honeymadeatx.com.

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Nona – Forever Yours (Video)

“When there is a bottomless abyss between the warmth of a loved one and a cheerful company of friends, the choice is obvious; do what makes your heart beat faster and harder. Nona pleased us one more time with her elegant soulful vocal performance here. ”

“Когда между теплом близкого человека и весёлой компанией друзей бездонная пропасть, выбор очевиден; делай то, что заставляет биться твоё сердце чаще и сильнее.”

-Nagamag.com

Blessed with a powerful voice reminiscent of the soul greats, Nona oozes determination and ambition. Hailing from a small town in the south of the Netherlands, she has her eyes on the stars. Her musical taste is rooted in the classics, but her love for hiphop and pop gives her a fresh sound distinctly her own.

Nona released her self-titled debut album in October 2019 and her most recent release ‘Forever Yours’ is currently making it to mainstream radio in The Netherlands. Having playlist positions at the country’s biggest radio stations, weekly live studio performances, a #4 position (and still growing!) in the Shazam charts, this song has got it all.

instagram.com/nonaofficialmusic

SeeMeNot – Chez Renee (Radio Edit) (Video)

“We just couldn’t resist to comment on this one. Feel the energy flowing in your body, bringing the desire to dance! A fresh masterpiece with already enough followers.”

-Nagamag.com

SeeMeNot’s ‘Chez Renee EP’ is the second release from the hotly-tipped Jamaican-Canadian artist and musician, and features remixes from Joe Goddard. The ‘Chez Renee EP’, including Goddard’s full length and dub mixes, is released on 4 December, alongside another new SeeMeNot song, ‘If I Could’. Goddard’s radio edit is available from 20 November. Early DJ support for the EP comes from DJ T., Digitaria / TERR, Sam Shure, Rhythm Masters, Kiddy Smile, ONYVA, Roger Sanchez, Ferreck Dawn, Benny Benassi, Paco Osuna, Peter Kruder, Spada, Nicole Moudaber, BOg, xxxy, WhoMadeWho, Greg Delon, Dee Montero, Eelke Kleijn, Auntie Flo, Severino / Horse Meat Disco, Henry Saiz, Da Mike, Øostil, and more.

Tipped by Mixmag, DJ Mag, Beatportal, i-D, and more, SeeMeNot brings both purpose and protest back to house music. Her debut release, ‘Borderline’, came with remixes from Roman Flügel, and dropped in September. The world radio premiere came from Radio 1 (Pete Tong), with DJ support from Skream, Anja Schneider, Solomun, Adriatique, TSHA, Erol Alkan, Adana Twins, Monika Kruse, Andhim, Tim Sweeney, Chloé, Marco Carola, Digitalism, and many more.

‘Borderline’ was included on SeeMeNot’s first creative work, her July 2020 debut mixtape ‘Long Overdue: The Sound Of A Revolution’, along with an excerpt of Tamika Mallory’s powerful speech in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Released via her Soundcloud page, ‘Long Overdue’ featured SeeMeNot singing a cappella over a mix from DJ Oliver Baptiste. The 30 minutes of music is the sound of a Black female artist detailing the journey of Black people from Fight to Flight, channelling the pain she’s experiencing – and experienced – into something beautiful that pays respect to her ancestors but serves as a contemporary reinterpretation of traditional healing through singing and music. Influences from country music to gospel are joined through a shared history of hymnals as both protest and healing music.

About SeeMeNot:

SeeMeNot seeks to carve out new spaces for what is marketable and achievable within an industry that relies so heavily on the consumption of Blackness. A highly successful model from her early teens, in 2009, she suddenly found it hard to find work as a model in New York after appearing in the documentary The Colour of Beauty, a short exposé bringing to light the pervasive structural racism in the fashion industry during a time that it was not such a palatable conversation.

During this turbulent period, music became Renee’s coping mechanism and vehicle for self-expression. She began writing songs in a music studio in Yonkers, New York alongside a few friends who had suffered the same fate. The first song she wrote, ‘Some Of Me’, followed a similar structure to Azealia Banks’ 212. It was the electronic element of 212 that captured Renee’s interest in more dance music led production. Working with Jamaican sound-system and reggae DJs and producers shifted her style slightly but with the onset of debt caused by the recession and possible liability lawsuits due to the feature in The Colour of Beauty, Renee made the difficult decision to move back to her hometown of Toronto, and now New York. The last 4 years has been a time of healing and rehabilitation.

Follow SeeMeNot:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/seemenotofficial
Instagram: www.instagram.com/seemenotofficial
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/seemenotofficial
Youtube: www.youtube.com/brainstream

Solo – Kid Travis (An Original Lyric Video) (Video)

“Kid Travis with his hookiest qualities and as always expected impressive vocal capabilities, which always come together with soft, minimal , elegant beats and harmonics layers, warms right our heart in this coming cold winter nights. We loved Solo. ”

-Nagamag.com

With solid melodic punk/trap undertones, Kid Travis sings a wide variety of styles of music. Kid Travis has a very active YouTube Channel with over 400k Subscribers where he posts both original music/ visuals as well as Covers which have been recognized by prominent artists such as Post Malone, Bryson Tiller, Rich Brian, and Dominic Fike. Kid Travis is not subject to one genre .Music is his passion.This singer,songwriter,instrumentalist,producer has gifts to share with the world.

www.instagram.com/kidtravis/

Mathien – So (If I Can’t Have Your Love) (Spotify)

“Mathien and Sam Hudgens with their new single -So (If I Can't Have Your Love)- under WURLITZER CROWLEY imprint invite us into a lush groove of funky beats and harmonies, with vocals performance been soulful and elegant, hitting in the right places both in music layering and heart. While it gives you a laid back listening experience, not misses parts that you will feel the energy inside you to move and groove. ”

-Nagamag.com

Sam had made this beat in 2017 and played it for me during a session in Evanston. He was staying with his mom for a week and didn't have anything but a guitar and his laptop when he made it, so the entire beat was dozens of layers of nylon strings over a drum machine loop. Even in its early sketches it was so good, I told him I wanted it but it seemed like he was writing to it. Fast forward to this September he stopped by my studio to record some ideas, and he ended up playing the beat for me again, it was exactly the same, "I've been stuck on this beat for years now" he said.

After he left I wrote "If I can't have your love" to it and sent him a demo of it that night, and he called me freaking out (happy). The next day he came back at 6:30 am to help finish it. we decided Sam would sing the first verse and I would do the second, but we're both on all 3 of the hooks. Then he played his Sax on it. I wrote a little instrumental bridge section to break up the loop a little, and added some additional synth and guitar/bass... I figured I'd send it over to Brooklyn so Devon Yesberger (Cory Wong, Lohaith, Caleb Hawley,Grace Kelly) could play piano on it. It came back and that piano part you hear that opens the track was actually at the end of what he sent but it was so striking I threw it on the front. Took 3 years but the track is finished.

www.instagram.com/mathien

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