Zella Day is an up-and-coming indie pop artist based out of Los Angeles who has been described as the “happier version of Lana Del Rey.” She came to attention in 2011 with her haunting, stripped-back cover of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” which lead her to playing six shows at SXSW this year. With influences ranging from Mason Jennings, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, old western films and her Arizona mountain town upbringing; her eponymous debut EP showcases just that – with the addition of drum machines and electronics.
At only 18-years-old Swedish-born Didrick is a triple threat: DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He’s done official remixes for Cazzette and Avicii & Nicky Romero, but he is also well known for remixing 78 tracks released by Monstercat Records into a single song, performed live. The track features a string quartet, swingin’ horns and a guitar solo even Slash would love. He’s definitely not your average electro house banger. If you breathe, sleep and eat EDM; Didrick should be your next course.
Self-proclaimed “perma-teenage mermaids,” buzzing two girl, two guy Orange County band The Aquadolls are currently a hot item in the Burger Records scene. They combine highly energetic garage pop melodies with sixties surf-guitar riffs in the vein of Shannon & The Clams, Best Coast and Black Lips. Wade into tracks like “Wander” and “We Are Free” off their upcoming album Stoked On You and get stoked for sunny Southern Californian sounds this winter.
As their moniker suggests, Sean Reefer and the Resin Valley Boys are partial to eating copious amounts of savory snacks and sweet desserts. This could be on account of further deductions leading to the conclusion that they probably smoke a lot of pot. Funny thing is, country music is really difficult to play – western swing even more so. Sure, it’s easy to “partake,” plug your guitar into an amp and create some rudimentary music. But one listen to the Resin Valley Boys’ flawless take on this classic country genre and it’s a bit hard to believe that these fellows are playing with cloudy heads while bending and sliding lap steel notes into a balanced amalgam of honky-tonk, blues, jazz, Dixieland and ragtime. Their changes are vacuum tight, their arrangements are complex and the singer sounds a lot like the nasal-toned Hank III (who also smokes a lot of pot).
Too Short – 19,999
Too Short returns to the studio with enough dirty raps to battle Wilt Chamberlain’s record in pursuit of the opposite sex. His ode to “Latina Love,” “Booty Tricks” and love “On The Weekend” includes features from Mistah F.A.B., Reign and Hoodstarz. Tune into 19,999 for a look at Short Dog’s life in the O.
Further – Where Were You Then?
Trace back the roots of Beachwood Sparks and The Tyde far enough and you’ll reach Further. Though they weren’t as popular as Pavement or Dinosaur Jr, brothers Brent and Darren Rademaker were just as innovative. Back in the early ‘90s they were making electric guitars squeal, distort, howl and feedback – never surrendering a catchy chorus for their pedal-board antics. Where Were You Then? was released this year, and it compiles their best singles and EP cuts from 1991 – 1997. Listen close and you can hear embryonic similarities of Beachwood Sparks’ surfy, sunny melodies tangled into the chaos of what sounds like early Sonic Youth intersected by Smile-era Ride.
Theophilus London – Vibes
Theophilus London continues to break boundaries with his latest album, Vibes. Melting the sounds of Hip Hop, Soul, Indie Dance and Experimental together into his uniquely sexy sound, Theophilus takes Afro Futurism to the next level. The ability to make his music sound as fashionable as his attire makes this album another standout listen.
Today’s Gospel is one of our newest chart-based stations including the top spinning current Gospel music across the US, the most popular songs released over the past 18 months and a percentage of favorites from the 2000s. We’ll play a variety of Gospel vocalists, choirs and R&B crossover artists such as Marvin Sapp, Andre Crouch, Mary Mary and Hezekiah Walker.