Recently awarded Best Country Female Artist at the 2014 Nashville Independent Music Awards, Erica Nicole generated media buzz after revealing to Billboard her longtime struggle with hearing loss. Despite her struggle, she is making an impact on Country radio with the release of her new single “It’s Comin’ Down” which, at #73, was the highest charting radio single by an independent artist on its debut week.
Dubbed as “the lovechild of soul music” by Time Out magazine, British singer-songwriter Myles Sanko has received critical and fan acclaim. His original funk and soul music is inspired by James Brown, Bill Withers, Otis Redding and Al Green. In addition to the release of his album Forever Dreaming, he has worked with funk kings Speedometer and toured with former James Brown funk diva Martha
Azalia Snail (her real name) is a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who was a prominent figure in the lo-fi music scene during the early 90s. She was later dubbed the “Queen of Lo-Fi” and earned the LA Weekly Music Award for Best New-Genre/Uncategorizable Artist in 2000. She has released eleven albums since 1990 and is now touring with her new psychedelic pop project LoveyDove, featuring Dan West of the band Sidewalk Society.
Walker County is a family trio comprising big sister Ivy Dene (18) on lead vocals, little sis Sophie Dawn (15) on drums/backing vocals and their father Billy on lead guitar. They play beautifully wistful country-pop with soaring sibling harmonies and radio-ready production.
Artifacts – All Points Bulletin (APB)
Tame One & El Da Sensei reunite for a rare appearance on their latest EP All Points Bulletin (APB). Seattle’s Def Dee produces Side-A and Germany’s Klaus Layer runs the remix on the flip with some classic ‘90s Hip Hop production plus a Bonus Beat! The Brick City Kids keep representing New Jerusalem, paying homage to the four elements of hip-hop.
Electric Wire Hustle – Love Can Prevail
Electric Wire Hustle creates a beautiful blend of electric strings, analog synths, choppy beats and moody vocals for their sophomore release Love Can Prevail. Influenced equally by Dilla beats and Marvin Gaye vocals, these New Zealand natives explore new territories in beat making and songwriting.
Sarah Silverman – We Are Miracles
Sarah Silverman cemented her place as a contemporary comedy icon with 2005’s concert film Jesus is Magic. With her Emmy-winning HBO special We Are Miracles (now available in audio format), she goes even harder with her shockingly smart material. Whether she’s comparing adopting babies to rescue dogs, lamenting her sordid history as a bed wetter or calling self-proclaimed “divas” a different word (one we can’t print here); Silverman never apologizes. Well, she does apologize once, for a joke about 9/11 widows, saying “It went in my head, and I couldn’t be alone with it…” – a sentiment every comedian can surely relate to. Silverman performed We Are Miracles in the Little Room at Largo in Los Angeles for a crowd of just 39 people. The resulting recording is an intimate, hilarious experience from a comic at the top of her game.
Sergio Mendes – Magic
Spreading the joy of Brazilian music across the globe for over 50 years and having recently written songs for animated films like Rio 2, Sergio Mendes is back with Magic, a collaboration album featuring a host of friends and special guests. Kicking off the album is the rhythmic and percussive “Simbora,” featuring Carlinhos Brown. Other noteworthy tracks include collaborations with John Legend and Janelle Monae on the pop tracks “Don’t Say Goodbye” and “Visions Of You” in addition to “When I Fell In Love” performed by Sergio’s wife Gracinha Leporace.
Future Soul is where R&B and Electronic beats meet, creating a new station where you will hear sultry vocals with trap beats, remixed glitches with soulful pads and Dance music intersecting with Indie Soul featuring artists like Banks, Kaytranada, Disclosure, Rhye, Bondax, Araabmuzik and Flume.