Recently called “Your Next YouTube Crush” by BuzzFeed, 19-year-old singer-songwriter Niykee Heaton’s claim to fame came in her early teens when she began posting pop covers on YouTube. This was followed by acoustic versions of popular hip-hop tracks from artists like Chief Keef, ASAP Rocky, Lil Wayne and Pusha T. She was later handpicked by Snoop Dogg to accompany him onstage at the YouTube Brandcast in 2013. Heaton is set to release her debut album from Russell Simmons’ All Def Music / Capitol Records. This will include the buzz-worthy R&B ballad “Bad Intentions,” which has already had over a million views since its January release.
Fans of 2AM Club will be happy to hear Bay Area MC Marc E. Bassy has launched a solo career with his Only the Poets Mixtape (Vol. 1). Featuring guest appearances from artists like IamSu and Skizzy Mars, this vibed-out mix provides a fresh new take on the West Coast sound. Mixing spacey R&B with animated lyrics, Marc E. Bassy spins tales of barbecues, cigarettes, dreams and relapsing.
The frontman of the motivational metalcore band Memphis May Fire, whose latest album Between The Lines debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 chart, Matty Mullins is set to release his self-titled debut album this fall. He branches off into a more melodic and pop sound, as heard on the lead single “My Dear,” taking cues from some of his influences like popular CCM bands the Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, MercyMe and Petra.
If you’ve been to a rootsy rock ‘n’ roll show in the Bay Area during the last 15 years, you may have already seen Tom Heyman. He’s played with everyone from John Doe, Penelope Houston, Chuck Prophet, Paula Frazer, John Vanderslice, Girls, David Dondero and Mojo Nixon. Heyman’s own music is both eerie and beautiful. His narrative based twang-rock hides under Gordon Lightfoot’s back stairs one moment and basks in the sunlight of Levon Helm’s meadow the next – all the while clinging to the kind of timeless, Barbary Coastal art and grit that’s slowly being swept under the office rug.
The Bug – Angels & Devils
Master of darkness Kevin Martin, aka The Bug, returns with a brooding album that’s full of subtly finessed soundscapes dripping with bass. As the title suggests, Angels & Devils is a balanced work starting off with an ambient trip-hop flair that morphs into hard-edged UK rap. This is experimental electronica for your Saturday night dungeon party. For fans of: DJ Vadim, Pendulum, Massive Attack, Kode9, Skream.
William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops
Though he has been making music for decades, Basinski came to the attention of a larger audience in the early 2000s with the release of his Disintegration Loops. Starting with old tapes of loops he had created in the early ‘80s, which were in dire condition, he began to digitize them. While doing so, he recorded their continued physical decline during playback. The results are deeply haunting works of ambience that start off with melancholic loops but fade into shimmering sheets of tones and tape noise. He specializes in elegant music that nods to avant-garde and minimalist classical music as well as Brian Eno’s ambient works. Check out the newly remastered versions now live on Pandora!
Joe DeRosa – Mistakes Were Made
While it’s very common for musicians to release B-sides or rough cuts of tracks that don’t quite fit in with their latest full-length release, comedians rarely make this kind of material available to their fans. This makes Joe DeRosa’s new release Mistakes Were Made extremely unique. DeRosa pulls back the curtain on the process of writing and developing comedy material, offering early versions of jokes that appear on his three previous albums and standalone sets unavailable anywhere else. Mistakes Were Made is standup comedy at its realest and most raw, with DeRosa’s acerbic wit shining through in every track.
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