EP proposed to introduce a quota in universities for children of fallen veterans

EP proposed to give every tenth budget place in universities to the children of fallen veterans. This is a special quota for the children of veterans who died while performing combat missions outside the country, who received a disability or were awarded the title of Hero of Russia

“United Russia” proposed to expand the quota of budget places in universities for preferential admission of children of war veterans. This was announced by the Secretary of the General Council of the party Andrei Turchak.

“We propose to allocate a special ten percent quota in universities. Within the framework of such a quota, there will be a separate competition, and children will be able to enter most universities without entrance examinations, — he said.

The special quota will include the children of veterans who died while performing combat missions outside of Russia, who received disabilities or were awarded the title of Hero of Russia.

At the same time, the current admission quota (10%) provided for privileged categories of citizens will include the children of all veterans who took part in hostilities in other countries.

To those children who want to “follow in the footsteps of military parents”, it is proposed to give the right to enter military universities based only on the results of the exam.

Turchak asked the faction of “United Russia” in the State Duma to ensure the speedy adoption of the amendments so that they come into force as early as 2022.

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At the end of March, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on assignment to participants in a special operation in Ukraine combat veteran status. Amendments are made to the law “On Veterans”, it was supplemented with the provision: “Performance of tasks during a special military operation in the territories of Ukraine, the Donetsk People's Republic and the Lugansk People's Republic: from February 24, 2022.”

According to the speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, the new status will give the participants of the special operation the right to receive tax, transport and housing and land benefits, as well as pay utility bills on special terms. Privileges will also be given to citizens who became disabled in the course of participating in hostilities.

Previously, participants in military operations in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Syria were considered veterans of hostilities in Russia.

Putin also promised to transfer insurance coverage and one-time benefits in the amount of 7.4 million rubles, as well as a lump-sum payment— 5 million rubles

The wounded participants of the special operation were promised a one-time payment of 3 million rubles, and if they were found unfit for military service, they would add another 2.9 million rubles to the amount. Anyone who has been diagnosed with a disability is entitled to monthly compensation.

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Medvedev thanked the creators of the fake EP website for the idea of ​​Starlink

Medvedev commented on a message from the fake website of United Russia, the creators of which, with reference to it, announced the plans of the Russian Aerospace Forces to destroy Starlink satellites due to their alleged participation in the attack on the Moskva cruiser

Dmitry Medvedev

Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia, Chairman of the United Russia Party Dmitry Medvedev, after publishing false information on a fake website of the faction, said that “fakes create an alternative universe.”

On the fake website of the faction, which, according to United Russia, is registered in the United States, on April 16, a publication appeared, citing Medvedev, announcing the task assigned to the Russian Aerospace Forces to destroy the Starlink satellite constellation of the American company SpaceX over the territory of Russia, the zone conducting a special military operation in Ukraine and the Black Sea basin— Medvedev allegedly stated that they were used to strike at the cruiser Moskva.

“Regarding the destruction of Starlink satellites” fresh idea, thanks. It is too early to fulfill, but if there is such a request— consider😂»,— Medvedev commented on the fake in his Telegram channel (author's style preserved. — RBC). He added that he was “especially pleased” sponsoring the site from the State Department.

“United Russia” asked Roskomnadzor to block the fake site, since the information published on it “does not apply to the official position of the faction and the party as a whole”; and “contains information that discredits the Armed Forces.” The creators of the site also published an appeal from the faction, allegedly addressed to the president, demanding that they investigate what happened to the cruiser Moskva. The party denied the existence of such a message and stated that the publication was aimed at dividing society, compromising the Armed Forces and undermining confidence in United Russia.

Subsequently, the party announced that the site was blocked.

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black midi cover Taylor Swift, King Crimson on new EP

black midi cover Taylor Swift, King Crimson on new EP
The Cavalcovers EP also includes a version of “Moonlight On Vermont” by Captain Beefheart.

By David Renshaw

March 22, 2022

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black midi, the spiky and uncompromising British post-punk band, kick off their North American tour tonight (March 22) and have dropped a new covers EP to celebrate. Cavalcovers includes the group’s take on “Love Story” by Taylor Swift plus “Moonlight On Vermont” by Captain Beefheart and King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man.” The latter features all three members of the band, bassist Cameron Picton, guitarist Geordie Greep, and drummer Morgan Simpson, on vocals for the first time. Check out the EP below.

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Cavalcovers follows black midi’s 2021 album Cavalcade, one of The FADER’s favorite releases of last year. Their tour starts in Madison, Wisconsin and will culminate in sets at both weekends of Coachella in April.

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black midi will play:

Tue. March 22 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
Wed. March 23 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
Fri. March 25 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
Sat. March 26 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre
Mon. March 28 – Montreal, QC @ S.A.T.
Tue. March 29 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Wed. March 30 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
Sat. April 2 – Jersey City, NJ @ White Eagle Hall
Sun. April 3 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Tue. April 5 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Wed. April 6 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
Fri. April 8 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
Mon. April 11 – Seattle, WA @ The Neptune Theatre
Tue. April 12 – Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial
Wed. April 13 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Sat. April 16 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
Tue. April 19 – Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
Sat. April 23 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

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midwxst drops better luck next time EP, shares “step back” video

midwxst drops better luck next time EP, shares “step back” video
The new tape follows his 2021 projects SUMMER03, BACK IN ACTION, and BACK IN ACTION 2.0.

By Raphael Helfand

March 16, 2022

Photo by by Zamar Velez.

 

midwxst has shared his fourth EP, better luck next time. Like its predecessors — 2020’s Secrets and three 2021 projects: SUMMER03, BACK IN ACTION, and BACK IN ACTION 2.0 — the new tape is a quick and convincing display of the 18-year-old Indiana rapper-singer’s talent and versatility.

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Like his hyperpop peers ericdoa, Slump6s, KA$HDAMI, and glaive — the latter of whom he toured with earlier this year — midwxst takes a post-genre approach to music, owing as much of his sound to early-aughts pop-punk as to hip-hop from any era. His new video for late-album track “step back” is a similar mash-up of new and old, featuring sleek shots courtesy of Daniel Jordan K paired with teen-movie tropes like high school bathrooms and protests-turned-parties. Watch it below.

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Kate Bollinger announces new EP, shares “Who Am I But Someone”

Kate Bollinger announces new EP, shares “Who Am I But Someone”
Look at it in the Light drops April 22 via Ghostly International.

By Raphael Helfand

March 08, 2022

Photo by CJ Harvey.

 

Virginia singer-songwriter Kate Bollinger is on a hot streak. After two self-released EPs of dreamy, soul-infused indie-pop miniatures — I Don’t Wanna Lose and A word becomes sound in 2019 and 2020 respectively — she hit the road in 2021, supporting the likes of Jeff Tweedy, Faye Webster, and Real Estate on tour. She also received a surprise writing credit last summer on Donda‘s title track, which sampled her 2019 song “Candy.”

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Today, she announced her third EP, Look at it in the Light, due out April 22 on Ghostly International, and shared it’s lead single, “Who Am I But Someone.” It’s a chipper cut, easy on the ears with a sneaky art-pop edge. A tender blend of bass, guitar, and Rhodes piano plays beneath Bollinger’s vocal as she sings herself down from the edge of an existential crisis. It comes with a nostalgic visual treatment that draws on art pop, Americana, and argyle.

“There have been many times when I’ve been so afraid to uproot my life in some way but just as afraid of what will happen if I don’t,” she writes. “This song is a conversation with myself about avoidance, denial, being afraid of change, and being afraid of stagnating. I shot the video in Los Angeles with Allyson from Pear Juice and a cast and crew of all women (besides our amazing producer Al!). Shooting the video was like being at summer camp — it was one of the best experiences and I’m so proud of how it turned out.”

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Watch it and view Bollinger’s upcoming tour dates below.

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Kate Bollinger spring 2022 tour

4/2/22 – Norfolk, VA – LAVA MiniFest
4/30/22 – Dublin, IE – The Workman’s Club
5/3/22 – Bristol, UK – The Louisiana
5/4/22 – London, UK – Colours
5/6/22 – Nottingham, UK – The Bodega Social Club
5/7/22 – Leeds, UK – Hyde Park Book Club
5/9/22 – Glasgow, UK – The Hug and Pint
5/10/22 – Newcastle upon Tyne, UK – The Cluny
5/11/22 – Manchester, UK – YES
5/15/22 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
5/16/22 – Brussels, BE – Botanique
5/17/22 – Stuttgart, DE – Café Galao
5/19/22 – Berlin, DE – Badehaus Szimpla
5/20/22 – Darmstadt, DE – Bedroomdisco
5/21/22 – Paris, FR – Le Pop Up!
6/7/22 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub
6/8/22 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
6/11/22 – Montreal, QC – L’Esco
6/12/22 – Boston, MA – Red Room at Cafe 939
6/15/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere Rooftop
6/17/22 – Washington, DC – DC9
6/18/22 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern

Emma Ruth Rundle announces new EP, shares “Pump Organ Song”

Emma Ruth Rundle announces new EP, shares “Pump Organ Song”
Orpheus Looking Back is due out March 25 via Sargent House.

By Raphael Helfand

March 03, 2022

Photo by Wondra.

 

Emma Ruth Rundle‘s November 2021 fully acoustic album Engine of Hell is easily her most devastating body of music. A marked departure from her previous electric work — especially May Our Chambers Be Full, her 2020 joint LP with Louisiana sludge demons Thou, and its companion EP, The Helm of Sorrow — its crystalline austerity is even more terrifying than those records’ epic excess.

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Now she’s announced she’ll follow the same protocol with her most recent release as she did for the previous project, dropping a follow-up EP of unreleased songs from the album’s sessions. Orpheus Looking Back, a three-track tape of Engine of Hell extras, is due March 25 via Sargent House, and its first single, “Pump Organ Song,” is out today.

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True to its name, it’s a somber, plodding cut for voice and pump organ, immediately set apart from the rest of EOH, on which Rundle alternated between piano and guitar. Above the instrument’s swelling chords and overtones, she sings with a familiar mournfulness, celebrating the beauty of grief laid bare.

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“In the year that has come since recording the song, I feel more and more connected to this love song,” she writes. “It is still speaking to me about the process of parting ways and how romantic arrangements change and relationships close.”

Listen below.

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bbymutha takes no prisoners on new EP left4dead

bbymutha takes no prisoners on new EP left4dead
The project is her first of the year after a busy 2021.

By Raphael Helfand

February 23, 2022

Photo by Harrison Haines.

 

After announcing her retirement from music in 2020 upon the release of her debut album, Muthaland, Brittany Moore had her most prolific year as bbymutha to date in 2021. Her banner year culminated in July’s CHERRYTAPE, a four-track EP of razor-sharp bars and boundary-busting beats, the latter courtesy of Moore’s long-time collaborator Rock Floyd. Today she shares left4dead, her first offering of 2022.

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The new three-track tape, whose full Bandcamp bio is “part 1.,” is a continuation of Moore’s 2021 approach, not a reinvention. With her characteristically punchy, no-nonsense delivery, she lays waste to instrumentals from Floyd, Paris Aden, and Fly Anakin one after the other, setting the stage for another year of sonic destruction.

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Tisakorean shares new EP 1st Round Pick

Tisakorean shares new EP 1st Round Pick
The Houston rapper delivers on his promise to get sillier.

By Brandon Callender

February 14, 2022

Tisakorean in “Pocket Fulla Ducks.”

 

While people were tuned into yesterday’s Super Bowl for a nostalgia-heavy halftime performance from Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, an upside-down 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem, Tisakorean dropped a new game day-themed EP, 1st Round Pick. The cover art looks like a mash-up of Madden box art and an Instagram party flier, capturing the project’s vaguely-football-related energy. Before erupting into pure Texas dance rap chaos, Tisa gives a sneak peek at his draft profile for any teams in search of a naturally silly leader. He’s shared a music video for “Pocket Fulla Ducks,” a song from the EP, too. Check out his new EP and the “Pocket Fulla Ducks” video below.

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Last year, Tisakorean shared two projects: pResiLLy and mr.siLLyfLow, where his sugary spin on dance rap ascended to crazier heights than ever before.

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Prentiss greets the world with debut EP ’hey prentiss’

Prentiss greets the world with debut EP ’hey prentiss’
The 14-year-old hyperpop phenom has dropped his first multi-track project.

By Raphael Helfand

January 28, 2022

Photo by Shaun Llewellyn.

 

Prentiss has officially arrived. The 14-year-old singer from Jackson, Mississippi waved hello to the hyperpop metaverse for the first time in 2020 with “October” and continued to pop in throughout 2021. His most memorable visit came when he premiered “i will wait” on The FADER earlier this month. Along the way, he rubbed virtual shoulders with established idols — Justin Bieber, Skrillex, and Mark Hoppus (from prentiss’ favorite band, blink-182) — and physical shoulders with some of the genre’s most promising young talent, joining glaive and ericdoa for a sold-out show last fall.

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Today, he’s officially moved into the hyperpop mansion via his debut EP, hey prentiss. The six-song project only runs 12 minutes, but it’s packed with enough candy-coated production and teenage yearning to leave a lasting impression on the ears, teeth, and soul alike.

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Experience hey prentiss along with a visualizer for each track below.

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Amendments to the UK. EP backs bill to toughen penalties for torture

On January 18, the Expert Council of United Russia supported the draft law on tougher punishment for torture. Also, the initiative of the party was approved by representatives of the institution of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation.

As one of the authors of the bill, MrLave of the Duma Committee on Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov, said, the document introduces amendments to the Criminal Code and proposes to increase the sanction for exceeding official powers committed with the use of torture, up to 12 years in prison.

“These crimes are transferred to the category of especially serious ones. The statute of limitations for them will increase from 10 to 15 years. Since the Convention against Torture is in force in Russia, we define the wording „torture“ in the bill. A new subject of crime appears — law enforcement officer, and not just the Federal Penitentiary Service, — he emphasized.

Krashenninikov noted that this document is important for everyone and needs to be adopted in the near future.

“Including for law enforcement officers themselves. So that they understand that if one of the unscrupulous law enforcement officers ends up in this group, then criminal liability will come, — he said. 

Moreover, according to him, it is not worth limiting yourself to these measures. It is necessary to organize video surveillance in order to see what is happening in the cells, in medical stations, in places of deprivation of liberty, in isolation centers and other places where this is possible.

“Other amendments will be developed by the second reading. We discussed them with law enforcement officers. But now we are showing the society that we are ready to regulate this problem,” — concluded Krasheninnikov.

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Metalcore shredders Mikau share new EP, Abandonware

Metalcore shredders Mikau share new EP, Abandonware
The Washington, D.C. three-piece have shared their follow-up to last year’s razor x blade, a split release with p.s.you’redead.

By Raphael Helfand

January 14, 2022

Photo by satanstrapqueen.

 

Mikau make the kind of music the cybergoth dance party kids might dance to if they knew better. Their updated brand of mid-aughts metalcore has arrived just in time for the hyperpop revolution. Today, the D.C. metro three-piece fronted by John Irby, with Adam Stergis (Cambrian) on bass, guitar, and electronics, and Austin O’Rourke (of Infant Island) on drums, dropped Abandonware. The new EP follows their 2020 full-length debut, PHANTOMa; a January 2021 split tape with p.s.you’redead; and a demonic video edit of a live set at H3LLWORLD, a virtual digital-hardcore showcase.

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On Abandonware, Mikau journey to the outer limits of metal, shredding their hearts out in a way that’s both visceral and self-aware. Listen below.

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Jacques Greene preps new EP, listen to “Taurus” now

Jacques Greene preps new EP, listen to “Taurus” now
Fantasy is out later this month.

By David Renshaw

January 13, 2022

Jacques Greene

Jacques Greene has confirmed details of a new EP. Fantasy will be released on January 28 via LuckyMe with a physical release following on April 8. Lead single “Taurus” is streaming below.

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Greene’s most recent studio album, Dawn Chorus, was released in 2019. Last year he released ANTH01, a career-spanning collection of unreleased material and the singles that put him on the map. Greene gave The FADER a track-by-track guide to the album prior to its release.

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In a statement, Greene said: “In my mind thereʼs a real soothing, meditative core to ‘Taurus’ and the almost relentless repetitive nature of the aggressive breaks is meant to tip over into full mediation mode. Thereʼs angst – but thereʼs trying to move through it.”

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“The things you hear when youʼre alone. Walking through Mount Royal or other wooded areas you might notice a branch break. As much as I value my alone time and the subtle things you can pick up around and within yourself in those moments, a certain loneliness and anxiety permeates the quiet at some point. The past couple years created ample opportunity for that anxiety and loneliness to stretch its legs and make itself comfortable. This record was born out of weeks of willing a form of peace and inspiration into my surroundings. A large part of that came from working with Leanne Macomber on some vocals. Through a desire to form new connections and throw more humanity into the work. We made a variety of song sketches that I mostly reworked into the final recordings here. We spoke a lot about where our heads were at, certain key phrases, triggers and emotions. Joel Ford, whom I worked on Dawn Chorus with, mixed the record and helped me wrangle a few cats to get this across the finish line. Restless at home in Canada, feeling the restlessness of all my friends and loved ones I kept in touch with as much as possible, trying to make something that made the quiet a bit more peaceful.”

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Prentiss announces debut EP, shares “i will wait” video

Prentiss announces debut EP, shares “i will wait” video
The 14-year-old rising hyperpop star will drop hey prentiss on January 28.

By Raphael Helfand

January 12, 2022

Picking up where his favorite band blink-182 left off, 14-year-old singer Prentiss has the perfect voice for singing about high school heartbreak. As hyperpop grows more and more ubiquitous, he’s bringing a fresh voice to the table. Today, he’s announcing his debut EP, hey prentiss, with a FADER premiere of the new video for his October hit, “i will wait.”

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The Jackson, Mississippi native introduced himself to the world in 2020 with “October” and followed it up with a string of singles that caught the attention of megastars such as Skrillex, Justin Bieber, and blink’s own Mark Hoppus. His newfound virality gave him the chance to fly to Los Angeles to work on the new record. He dropped “i will wait” in late October of last year, shortly after sharing a sold-out stage with fellow teen sensation glaive. The track is a breathy proclamation of unrequited love, sung over a moody guitar lick and a hyperactive drum line.

In the new video, Prentiss stands longingly on the sidelines of his crush’s love life, playing the role of a supportive friend before finally gathering the courage to invite her to prom, only to watch her be swept away in another boy’s convertible. It’s a tale as old as time, but Prentiss makes it feel new again. Watch it above, and read his interview with The FADER below.

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Photo by Lauren Schorr.

 

“i will wait” and its video are part of a long tradition of art about high school crushes. What are your favorite songs and movies about crushes?
We based the video off of movies from the 2000s. My friend showed me this rom com Girl Next Door that was dope to pull from. As for songs I have a bunch:

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The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
All American Rejects – Gives You Hell
Paramore – Still Into U
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
Kid Cudi – Mr. Rager
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Drake – Hold on, We’re Going Home
Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop
Ke$ha – TiK ToK

What has it been like seeing your own music start to take off?
It’s still so crazy and kinda surreal. When I’m in LA, I’m in sessions every day and get to make music with producers who work with some of my favorite artists, and then when I’m home in Jackson, I’m still in school. It’s really wild but I appreciate all of the love.

Tell me about your show with glaive.
Man, it was so cool. glaive and ericdoa came out during my set and everyone was so hype. Those guys are really nice and I can’t wait to do more shows.

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What can we expect from hey prentiss?
No expectations are the best. I’m just really happy because it’s all going so well. I don’t make a decision on what I’m trying to make, I just let it happen and this last trip to LA I feel like I reached new levels with myself.

What are you looking forward to most about release day?
Reading the feedback & eating my mom’s grilled cheese.

Thumbnail photo by Lauren Schorr.

Marissa Nadler announces new EP, shares “Seabird”

Marissa Nadler announces new EP, shares “Seabird”
The Wrath of the Clouds is out February 4 via Sacred Bones and Bella Union.

By Raphael Helfand

January 10, 2022

Photo by Kristin Cofer.

 

Marissa Nadler has announced a new EP titled The Wrath of the Clouds, out February 4 on Sacred Bones and Bella Union. With the news of the forthcoming release, Nadler shared its fifth and final track, a rendition of the Alessi Brothers’ “Seabird.”

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The new tape is an addendum to Nadler’s 10th studio album, October’s The Path of the Clouds. It comprises three previously unreleased tracks from that album’s sessions and two covers. In addition to “Seabird,” The Wrath of the Clouds will include a new take on Sammi Smith’s “Saunders Ferry Lane.”

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“Once I had finished the album, these two covers were on the top of my list,” Nadler says. “These were a really nice capping off to the season of this writing.”

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Rio Da Yung OG shares new EP, Fiend Lives Matter

Rio Da Yung OG shares new EP, Fiend Lives Matter
The tape is Rio’s first solo release since his January sentence of five years in prison.

By Raphael Helfand

December 10, 2021

Rio Da Yung OG has shared a new EP titled Fiend Lives Matter. The tape has no features and is the first solo project he’s released since being sentenced in January to five years in prison. The Flint rapper’s conviction came after he was arrested in 2019 and charged with illegal possession of a firearm with an intent to distribute controlled substances.

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The video for the EP’s second track, “Dope Fein Friday,” came out last week and begins with Rio’s father (introduced as Rio Da Old OG) reassuring his son that he’ll be out in no time. On the rest of the tape, Rio switches between playful and reflective modes. “I ain’t tryna fuck on the first date / Bitch, I’m not a hoe,” he jokes on “Bag Back.” But on the outro, he’s more somber. “I’ll never sell dope again, I just wanna ball,” he promises, before changing his mind: “I’m finna middleman a gram, I just wanna ball.”

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Rio had a verse on Lil Yachty‘s massive Michigan posse cut, “Royal Rumble,” in February, shortly after his sentencing, and has dropped four collaborative EPs since. But on Fiend Lives Matter, he faces his 60-month incarceration on his own, without flinching.

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Watch Rio Da Yung OG’s “Dope Fein Friday” video above, and stream Fiend Lives Matter below.

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Tierra Whack to release new EP this week

Tierra Whack to release new EP this week
Rap? arrives on Thursday.

By David Renshaw

December 01, 2021

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Tierra Whack has confirmed details of a new EP. Rap? is due on Thursday, December 2 and is the follow up to Whack’s 2018 project Whack World. Check out the artwork below.

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It’s set to be a busy week for Whack, who will also release a new line of clothing and shoes with Vans. Created alongside her stylist Shirley Kurata, the 80’s-inspired collection reflects her “unique approach to music and fashion,” according to a statement, and “will include four styles of footwear and ten apparel pieces, all bearing a signature mantra: “”Weird Hype And Creative Kids” (“WHACK” for short).”

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On December 3, Whack will also release a new line of shoes and apparel in collaboration with Vans. Whack and stylist Shirley Kurata’s ’80s-inspired collection feature the mantra “Weird Hype and Creative Kids” (or “WHACK”).

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Whack has previously partnered with LEGO and the Philadelphia ‘76ers. She has also shared one-off singles following the release of Whack World, incuding She followed that release with a string of singles, including “Link,”, “Dora,” and “Peppers and Onions.”

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Ric Wilson and Yellow Days share new EP, Disco Ric in London Town

Ric Wilson and Yellow Days share new EP, Disco Ric in London Town
The five-track tape is full of funky production and golden-age bars.

By Raphael Helfand

November 12, 2021

Ric Wilson (left) and Yellow Days (right). Photo by Jay Lewn.

 

Chicago rapper, singer, and smooth talker Ric Wilson has never been afraid to get goofy. Early this morning, he and London producer George Van Den Broek (Yellow Days) released Disco Ric in London Town, a collaborative EP full of Gen Z-ified rare grooves and allusions to the British capital’s famous subway system.

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“Sounding happy as the Picadilly Line,” Wilson gushes on opener “Life’s Been Good To Me,” over an infectious instrumental that changes tempo multiple times throughout the song. “We connect like the Red Line of London too,” he says later on “Alive on the Tube.” Across five tracks, he punctuates his rapped verses with falsetto choruses that justify the record’s “Disco Ric” eponym.

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Disco Ric in London Town organically follows They Call Me Disco, Wilson’s 2020 collab with jazzy super-producer Terrace Martin. Yellow Days’ flexible production is a perfect match for Wilson’s versatile, spritely vocals. Together, they provide a fun, breezy listen from front to back.

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Stream Disco Ric in London Town above, and view the duo’s upcoming tour dates below.

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Yellow Days & Ric Wilson Tour Dates

11/13 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency
11/15 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst
11/16 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory OC
11/19 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex – Vertigo
11/20 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
11/23 – Chicago, IL – Metro
11/26 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
11/27 – Montréal, QC – Théâtre Fairmount
11/29 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
11/30 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
12/2 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club – Music Hall
12/3 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

Miss Madeline shares “Popstar” with Polo Perks, announces debut EP

Miss Madeline shares “Popstar” with Polo Perks, announces debut EP
“Popstar” is the second single from Picture This, which drops December 7.

By Raphael Helfand

November 09, 2021

Miss Madeline and Polo Perks. Photo by Lauren Davis.

 

Miss Madeline has released “Popstar,” the second single from her just-announced debut EP, Picture This. The track features Surf Gang‘s Polo Perks and comes with a y2k-inspired music video.

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“Popstar” is a turn-of-the-millennium bubblegum anthem updated to fit 2021’s hyperpop ethos. Miss Madeline’s cocky chorus — “I’ll be your sweetheart, pop star / Got you so hard, seein’ stars” — is backed up by a deranged love verse from the punk goes drill rapper — “She wanna see crazy, give her babies off beginner’s luck.” Polo’s syruppy drawl expertly complements Madeline’s auto-tuned warbling.

In the video, they split time between Madeline’s poster-strewn bedroom and the Bushwick intersection of Flushing Avenue and Broadway, where they dance below the elevated train tracks with a permanently closed Modell’s Sporting Goods in the background before riding away in a pink stretch Hummer. Watch it below.

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Nnamdï shares new song “Backseat,” EP release date

Nnamdï shares new song “Backseat,” EP release date
Are You Happy is out later this week.

By David Renshaw

November 08, 2021

Alex Hazel

Nnamdï has announced details of a new EP. Are You Happy is out this Friday, November 12. You can hear new song “Backseat” below.

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Are You Happy is Nnamdï’s first project since 2020 albums Brat and Krazy Karl. The EP marks the first time the Chicago-based musician has worked with an outside producer. It was produced by electronic artist Lynyn, a.k.a. Nnamdï’s Monobody bandmate Conor Mackey. The 5-track project includes “Backseat” plus “Glass Casket (Remix)”— Lynyn’s remix of the Brat song.

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Are You Happy:

“Barely Reason for a Smile”
“Glass Casket (Remix)”
“Doing Too Much”
“Backseat”
“You Don’t Know” [ft. Sen Morimoto]

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Toronto’s Kalisway breaks free on “Hit ’Em With The Funk”

Toronto’s Kalisway breaks free on “Hit ’Em With The Funk”
The singer says she’s on a mission to create “her own unstoppable groove.”

By Sajae Elder

October 18, 2021

For Toronto-based singer Kalisway, her funk-leaning sound was borne of a diverse musical diet, filled with everything from Parliament Funkadelic and Bob Marley to Erykah Badu and Pharrell in her early years. “Music was always around me. I would sing so much as a kid, my mom always told me I was constantly humming a tune,” she recently told FADER as she shared her latest single “Hit Em With the Funk,” her second since dropping her EP Cream back in 2020. “It’s why I always felt different with the way I heard music in my mind. Because I heard fusions of it.”

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The FADER recently caught up with the singer over email about how the song came together and how her bright sound stacks up in a city determined to be melancholic. Listen to “Hit ’Em With The Funk” above.

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Kalisway. Mark Pangilinan.

 

You recorded the vocals for your new single in one take! What was going through your mind when you did? Does all of your music come that organically?

My ideas are all organic. It’s all in the moment. It’s all in the way I feel, and how I vision the music and colors coming together. When I record voice memos, if I were a painter, I would be able to paint the picture of what each track feels like to me. Because musically, I’m a painter. So, when I recorded “Hit ‘Em With The Funk” in that one take, it was full of adrenaline, a rush of red, white, black, orange, colors that scream confidence to me. That was all I remember because I don’t try to “think” during those moments. Because for me, by staying presently not present, I’m allowing my mind and ideas to be unrestricted or doubted.

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Coming from Toronto, there’s obviously what’s sold to us as the city’s sound, but your music doesn’t necessarily fit that mold. Is that something that crossed your mind at all?

A lot. I’ve said many times that my music doesn’t fit the “expected” sound of my city. Some even told me, “You might just need to move out to the states”. But I’m here to change that. Toronto isn’t one sound; it never has been to me. And my music is a prime example of it. I don’t care about molds or what’s already been done. My sound is about to open a new lane for real.

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Kalisway. Mark Pangilinan.

 

You dropped an EP last April, sort of at the start of the pandemic, and a single earlier this year. Had any of that time in between changed your relationship with creating?

My mind changed for sure. Through the start of the pandemic, I actually lost my voice for a bit, so that caused a pause for me in terms of recording. So, I had to find another way to release the ideas that I had within my mind. At first, it was weird, because usually, every time I have an idea, I run to voice memos. But instead, I ran to FL (Fruity Loops) and wrote the melodies of my vocal on top of the track to remember the flow. And that was a game-changer for me. Because now my mind focused more on the instrumental songwriting and structure of the track, instead of my voice alone.

I feel like more R&B artists are starting to play around with funk, and even a bit of psychedelia in their music, including yourself. What were some of your inspirations and do you feel like this is your final sound?

I’ve always been funk. Growing up with P Funk, G funk, Bootsy on repeat made me want to create my own unstoppable groove. I have always tried to reach a point where I knew it sounded right to me. It’s never been an experiment, but more of a personal goal I was trying to reach. A goal of making the funk that I grew up on, twist and fuse into the new way that I hear it. A new way that I feel it in my mind. And for once, I feel that each time I create a new craft. And I know I’m doing something right, because it’s developed my sound, continuing to strengthen it, and it’s spreading worldwide.

Skylar Grey, Polo G, Mozzy & Eminem – Last One Standing Lyrics

[Chorus: Skylar Grey]
Now you see me standin’ in the lights
But you never saw my sacrifice
Or all the nights I had to struggle to survive
Had to lose it all to win the fight
I had to fall so many times (Oh)
Now I’m the last one standin’

[Verse 1: Polo G, Skylar Grey]
Uh, you weren’t with me on the cold block nights
Now you front row for the spotlight
Now the diamonds in the Audemars bright
Jets overseas for a far flight (Oh)
Young nigga on bullshit, and I ball on ’em, Bill Cartwright
Knew I could shine through the darkness
I guess I always been a star type
That lion in me made my heart fight
Could’ve been a victim of a opp pipe
Took a million risks just to get to this
‘Cause we ain’t the ones that the cops likе (Oh)
Been so many times God tested mе
They only see the answers I got right
They commentin’ all on the blogs
Tryna tell me how to live my life
And I waited so patiently
If you could take off, don’t wait for me
No days off, grind faithfully
I keep thankin’ God for savin’ me
Front line, showcasin’ our bravery
I know that top spot, it was made for me
It all paid off, so we felt the struggle so painfully

[Chorus: Skylar Grey]
Now you see me standin’ in the lights
But you never saw my sacrifice
Or all the nights I had to struggle to survive
Had to lose it all to win the fight
I had to fall so many times (Oh)
Now I’m the last one standin’

[Verse 2: Mozzy]
Yeah, you know the code we gotta live by
Never mind all the ice cubes on this wrist, wearin’ the big body
Live by the gun, get bodied, or it’s hella time in that cell
It was hella times where I failed
When I had to double back from them Ls
Bet he don’t double back when he tell
‘Cause it ain’t no comin’ back when you tell
Why would you leave me here by myself? A nigga be lonely
Ayy, I blew the whole bag on they flights, ain’t leavin’ the homies
If he really gang, then get him a chain, no cubic zirconies
Why’s [?] in a stogie, stood firm, never folded
Furthest thing from a rodent, you put the jacket on and you bogus
Yeah, big dawg and they know it
I had to spin off to stay focused
Longev’ on the motion
We don’t abandon ship when it’s hopeless
Sound of the microphone, and they know

[Bridge: Skylar Grey, Eminem]
I make it look easy
Like I made it overnight
I make it look easy
But you don’t see the dark side
And all of the monsters I had to fight
And all of the nightmares, made me stronger than life (Yeah)

[Verse 3: Eminem]
Y’all say (What?), I’ve changed (Huh?)
Really, though? (Tell me) How so? (I got)
Got all (What?), this bread (Yeah)
I’m still (What?), sour though (Huh)
I don’t know (I’m a), square peg (In a), round hole (Yeah)
Like a block of cheese in a paper towel roll
Rocky Balboa (I), never been no (What?), towel thrower
Even when I got kicked to the curb (Yeah)
Life knocked my dick in the dirt
I got back up, flipped it the bird
‘Til I earned the attention I yearned
Not to mention, I learned
How to turn resentment and hurt
To an unquenchable thirst, in the simplest terms
It’s revenge of the nerd, in every sense of the word
But all you see is the fame and the millions
You don’t see the strength, the resilience (Nah)
How I rack my brain but it feels as if I’m tryna explain it to children (Damn)
So a lot of this pain isn’t healin’, no escapin’ it, this anger is spilling
Almost like recreatin’ a feelin’ of 9/11 when the second plane hit the building
So let ’em paint you the villain
Some of this just may be a symptom (Yeah)
Of havin’ way too much income (Mm)
But when you struggled every day just to get some (Yeah)
Now all of this hate is a syndrome (Yuh)
When they can’t relate, and that stems from (What?)
Money lookin’ like it grows on trees
Yeah, they’re green but those aren’t leaves (Leaves)
Sufficed to say, with every sacrifice I made
It’s like I gave up my life to fame
All the nights that I lied awake
Nights I stayed up to write and pray
Had to claw, scratch, and fight my way
Just follow me, and I’ll light the way
Look to the hook if your sky look grey (Skylar Grey)
And rappers, how can we be on the same level now?
When I gotta look down and see these clowns that are on the ground
Bitch, I got the clouds beneath me
Ever since I put out the EP to the height of 2003 me
You ain’t see the struggle to make it out the D
Because I made it somehow look easy

[Chorus: Skylar Grey]
Now you see me standin’ in the lights
But you never saw my sacrifice
Or all the nights I had to struggle to survive
Had to lose it all to win the fight
I had to fall so many times (Oh)
Now I’m the last one standin’ (Oh)
Now I’m the last one standin’

Mrley’s “So Much To Say” video breaks the fourth wall

Mrley’s “So Much To Say” video breaks the fourth wall
The rapper turned punk idol releases his new EP Love You London next month.

By David Renshaw

September 22, 2021

Do you remember when there was music on TV? Sure, there are tasteful syncs in your favorite streaming drama and late night performances booked to pad out Jimmy Fallon’s YouTube channel, but not that long ago seeing artists live on stage was a staple on screen; think of when MTV was about the M or Top Of The Pops was still a thing. Londoner Mrley remembers these days, too. His new video for “So Much To Say” is an homage to The Word, a cult British music show that played host to bands like Nirvana and Oasis back in the day.

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That series refused to stick to conventions and neither does Mrley, prior to lockdown and quarantine times he was a rapper. Now, like a lot of people out there, he wants to make his frustrations heard in a clear and direct way so is making righteous punk music. “So Much To Say,” like all of Mrley’s music, retains the fast-paced delivery of his rap days but applies it to a harsher, more distorted sound. It’s not a revelation to highlight the shared DNA between these types of music but rarely are both sides represented so clearly.

On the track Mrley told The FADER: “It’s special to me as it contributes to the progression of music. I managed to take a trap 808 completely out of context by using it in punk. It pays tribute to today’s rap music whilst even hinting at the 80s rock sound but somehow it remains punk.”

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Love You London, Mrley’s debut EP, will be released on October 15.

Listen to midwxst’s new EP Back In Action

Listen to midwxst’s new EP Back In Action
It’s the alt-rapper’s second EP of the year.

By Jordan Darville

September 22, 2021

midwxst. Photo by Zamar Velez.

 

Indiana rapper midwxst is an artist that emerged as part of the digicore wave and channeled that hype into a major label deal. After sharing his SUMMER03 EP in March, midwxst returns with a new eight-track release called Back In Action, a cocktail of street-ready bluster and raw emotion. Features include ericdoa, BabySantana, and KA$HDAMI, who appears in the music video for their collaboration “LA.” Find that below, along with a stream of Back In Action as well midwxst’s upcoming tour dates.

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midwxst tour dates

10/3 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
10/9 – Philadelphia, PA – Overcast N Friends
10/15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Moroccan Lounge
10/30-31 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern w/ Glaive & Ericdoa
11/12-14 – Las Vegas, NV – Day N Vegas

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Listen to Tems’ new song “Crazy Tings”

Listen to Tems’ new song “Crazy Tings”
The single is set to appear on the singer’s upcoming EP.

By Sajae Elder

September 10, 2021

Rising Nigerian star Tems has shared her latest single, “Crazy Tings.” Set to appear on her upcoming EP, the Guilty Beatz-produced track is a shot of breezy Afro-fusion, finding the singer crooning about a failed potential love in her signature rasp.

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Most recently, the singer landed a feature on Drake’s long-awaited sixth album Certifiied Lover Boy on the track “Fountains.” In late 2020, she joined fellow Afrobeats artist Wizkid on the Made in Lagos track “Essence,” which received the video treatment earlier this year as well as a remix featuring Justin Bieber.

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Tems’ forthcoming EP drops on September 15. Her last project, For Broken Ears, dropped last year.

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Listen to “Crazy Tings” above.

Lorde shares EP of Solar Power songs sung in Māori

Lorde shares EP of Solar Power songs sung in Māori
“Even if you don’t understand te reo, I think you’ll get a kick out of how elegant my words sound in it.”

By David Renshaw

September 09, 2021

Ophelia Mikkelson Jones

Lorde has dropped surprise EP Te Ao Mārama, a collection of five songs from her new album Solar Power sung in Māori, the indigenous language of New Zealand. Proceeds from the EP will be donated to the New Zealand-based charities Forest and Bird and the Te Hua Kawariki Charitable Trust. Listen to it below.

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In a newsletter to fans, Lorde exlained her decision to release the EP and her relationship to the Māori language. “Many things revealed themselves slowly to me while I was making this album, but the main realisation by far was that much of my value system around caring for and listening to the natural world comes from traditional Māori principles,” she wrote. “There’s a word for it in te reo: kaitiakitanga, meaning ‘guardianship or caregiving for the sky, sea and land.’”

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She went on to add: “I’m not Māori, but all New Zealanders grow up with elements of this worldview. Te ao Māori and tikanga Māori are a big part of why people who aren’t from here intuit our country to be kind of ‘magical,’ I think. I know I’m someone who represents New Zealand globally in a way, and in making an album about where I’m from, it was important to me to be able to say: this makes us who we are down here. It’s also just a crazy beautiful language—I loved singing in it. Even if you don’t understand te reo, I think you’ll get a kick out of how elegant my words sound in it.”

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The lyrics on Te Ao Mārama were translated by Hana Mereraiha while Dame Hinewehi Mohi & Sir Timoti Kāretu receive thanks for “overseeing” the project in its credits.

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Bob Marley’s Grandson Skip Marley “Slow Down” With H.E.R. Certified RIAA Gold

The grandson of Reggae Legend Bob Marley has earned his first Recording Industry Association of America Gold certification for his track “Slow Down” with American R&B singer H.E.R.

Tracks are certified Gold by the RIAA when the sales and streaming equivalent of 500,000 units are sold in the United States.

The song was earlier this year nominated for a Grammy award and put the name and face of the young Marley on the music map after being released just under a year. It was his first Grammy nomination, and although it is an R&B song, the single is the intro to Skip Marley’s career as a multi-genre artist.

“Slow Down” featured on Skip’s debut EP Higher Place, which also featured six other tracks, including “Higher Place,” “That’s Not True,” a collab featuring Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley (Skip’s uncle); “Make Me Feel” with Rick Ross and Ari Lennox; and others.

Skip shared his gratitude on his Twitter account with a simple “thank you” and the praying hands emoji and tags at H.E.R and the RIAA. Elsewhere, he was quoted by other media expressing his gratitude.

“I’m thankful that the EP reached these levels over the past year.”

Skip Marley & H.E.R.

He also spoke of a vinyl release for his EP soon to be released under his label Tuff Gong records.

“The vinyl record release is a collector’s item to show that gratitude to the DJs and fans who supported from the start. The one thing you can’t slow down is time, so it is important to acknowledge the milestones along the way,” he said.

Meanwhile, the artist’s label noted that shortly after release, “Slow Down” raked in over 70 million global streams to become the most-streamed song by a Marley, beating out even his renowned Grandfather Bob Barley who is King of the charts even posthumously.

Skip Marley also made history as the first Jamaican-born artist reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Adult R&B chart and first in the Top 15 in nearly 15 years since Sean Paul’s “When you gonna give it up to me” did it. He also received a nomination for his EP for the Grammy’s Best Reggae Album.

The EP was Executive produced by Skip and his Cedella Marley, who herself has a history in music as a member of the Melody Makers) and C. Jermi Thomas from Island Records, A&R.

On the other hand, fans have much to look forward to as the planned release of the EP will see an expanded edition featuring bonus track remixes of “Slow Down” into an Afrobeat Remix and featuring DaVido & Oxlade; and “Make Me Feel” remixed into a Dub Mix featuring Ari Lennox.

The expanded EP is scheduled to drop on September 10.

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Fauness shares “Dragonfly,” announces new EP

Fauness shares “Dragonfly,” announces new EP
Maiden No More is out October 8 via Cascine.

By Jordan Darville

August 24, 2021

Fauness. Photo by Bob Foster.

 

An utterly individual voice in underground pop music, Fauness is preparing her debut EP Maiden No More for release on October 8. The lead single from the project is “Dragonfly,” a song that showcases the London artist’s impeccable ability to conjure radio-ready jams for her own universe — the song is a glittering, joyful thing, much like its namesake.

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“Dragonfly” hints at a theme of liberation, and that’s pressed home in the track’s music video. Co-directed by Fauness and Aarony Bailey, the artist herself traverses around a forest with a leash (or is it a noose?) around her neck, relentlessly cheerful as she searches for her liberation. On her Instagram page, Fauness wrote about how myths surrounding dragonflies, long seen as “symbols of transformation,” inspired the song:

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Their status in myth is more flattering in Non-Western cultures (Japanese, Navajo to name only 2). Europeans often saw dragonflies as agents of the devil. They have been called the “devil’s horse”…

One German folktale involves a young woman who was far too independent for her own good. She rode around on her horse all day and didn’t do what people expected her to do as a young woman of marriageable age…

Riding through the forest at night she ran over a little man who cursed her for her disobedience, yelling, “May you always be joined to your horse as one!” Together, the wild girl and her horse became the dragonfly.

Watch the “Dragonfly” music video below. Read our 2018 GEN F with Fauness here.

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Hunnah celebrates Blackness on the soulful “Appreciate”

Hunnah celebrates Blackness on the soulful “Appreciate”
The track is set to appear on the singer’s upcoming EP, Unloved.

By Sajae Elder

August 20, 2021

Toronto singer-songwriter Hunnah has shared her latest video “Appreciate,” a warm ode to the beauty of brown skin and the desire to truly be seen. Over soulful drums, handclaps, and twinkling synths, Hunnah’s voice sways between her lower, more syrupy tones and soft falsetto. “I think that I like myself sometimes,” she sings on the track’s pre-chorus.

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In the bright, sun-kissed visuals, the singer and her crew don fits as colorful as the world around them, down to Hunnah’s baby pink box braids. “This song came from conversations with friends about feeling unappreciated and unseen as Black women moving through the world and specifically in the realm of dating,” Hunnah said in a statement about the track. “This desire to be desired, to be seen and appreciated is something that I often run from but this song and project overall is me diving into this vulnerability and exploring these often unvoiced desires.”

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The singer’s forthcoming second EP, Unloved, is due this fall. Watch the video for “Appreciate” above.

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Angel Olsen covers Billy Idol’s “Eyes Without a Face”

Angel Olsen covers Billy Idol’s “Eyes Without a Face”
The song serves as the third release from Olsen’s upcoming cover EP, Aisles.

By Sajae Elder

August 16, 2021

Leading up to the release of Aisles, Angel Olsen‘s upcoming EP of 1980s covers, the singer-songwriter has shared her own take on Billy Idol’s 1983 hit, “Eyes Without a Face.” The track serves as the official follow-up to previous covers, Laura Branigan’s “Gloria” and Men Without Hats’ “Safety Dance,” both of which are also set to appear on the EP. After sharing “Like I Used To,” her duet with Sharon Van Etten, Olsen said Aisles was her way “to have a little fun and be a little more spontaneous.”

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Back in May, Olsen reissued her 2019 and 2020 albums All Mirrors and Whole New Mess along with remixes and the outtakes collection Far Away as part of the Song Of The Lark And Other Far Memories box set.

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Aisles drops on September 20. Listen to the cover above.

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Thumbnail photo by Dana Trippe

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