nubiyan twist, “permission”

nubiyan twist, “permission”

Today, Leeds-based Nubiyan Twist – made up of Tom Excell, Nubiya Brandon, Pilo Adami, Finn Booth, Luke Wynter, and Oli Cadman with a horn section comprised of Joe Henwood, Denis Scully, Nick Richards, and Jonny Enser – celebrates the release of their new album Jungle Run. We’re huge fans of the release in its entirety – the 10 track collection is driven by interesting and robust soundscapes that somehow invoke a sense of freedom and happiness across the board.

With twelve band members, you’d think Nubiyan Twist might take issue with regards to lead vocals and areas to focus on in each song, but they took time and thought to rotate through their collection of phenomenal and fun vocalists. Each track has is pure bliss, layered with precision and finesse, work that makes us excited to delve further into its layers with each spin.

We’re huge fans of seventh track “Permission”, which features the vocals of Nubiya Brandon and essentially brings a whole party with it. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Check the track out below, and then listen to the entire album if you’ve got time. Very interested in hearing which track is your new fav!

Keep up with Nubiyan Twist here.

the long ryders, psychedelic country soul

the long ryders, psychedelic country soul

Originally formed in 1981, Los Angeles-based alt-country rock collective The Long Ryders may have been through a few lineup changes over the years, but they’re back and strong as ever with new full length Psychedelic Country Soul. Within this twelve track stunner, Sid Griffin, Stephen McCarthy, Tom Stevens, and Greg Sowders have developed a truly enjoyable work of art, beginning with the easygoing sounds of “Greenville” and bouncing all the way through to the title track in slot twelve.

But of course those aren’t the only two songs of note on this work. If you’re into names in songs – we’re still trying to find one for all of our friends – then “Molly Somebody” is perfect for you. You can choose to replace “Molly” with any name, but this story has some specificity to it that wouldn’t otherwise translate, so be aware before you try to declare your love with the grand gesture of song. “If You Want to See Me Cry” is a slow, beautiful track, the soundscape reflecting its melancholic title. Additionally, if you’re looking for the perfect backdrop for that next cross country road trip, “California” is pure perfection. You can imagine it playing in the background while driving on a back road, your hair blowing in the wind. (In slow motion of course.)

If you’re interested in new music with solid lyricism, a band with interesting history, and a little bit of twang, you will truly enjoy Psychedelic Country Soul. Take it for a spin below!

Keep up with The Long Ryders here.

upsahl, “drugs”

upsahl, “drugs”

It’s been a few days since UPSAHL released her music video for “Drugs”, but we figured today was the perfect day to chat about it. As she assures us she’s “not tryin’ to make a friend or fall in love,” we’re giggling at the quirky nature of the song, while simultaneously moving to the smooth instrumentals. The Arizona native possesses a soulfulness to her vocals that is enviable, and we would be lying if we told you this wasn’t going on our new party playlist. Plus the video is shot so beautifully, it makes us feel like going back to our youth and partying more than we allowed ourselves to before.

Keep up with UPSAHL here.

mating ritual, “falling back”

mating ritual, “falling back”

Last week, our favorite SoCal brother duo Mating Ritual recently released their latest single “Falling Back”, an easy going track that . The accompanying music video – which was released at the same time – is this quirky, enjoyable gem of a video. Between shots singing in the dark, surrounded by smoke with colorful backlighting lies the open display of life as a driver (Uber, Lyft, a taxi, or what have you) and all of the monotonous, ridiculous, and entertaining moments that accompany it.

We’re fans. Your turn to convert.

Keep up with Mating Ritual here.

kathleen, “the longest year”

kathleen, “the longest year”

Has anyone else felt a little ruffled throughout the new year so far? 2019 has been pretty thrilling, and pretty unexpected in several ways. Well, we haven’t found a track yet this year that captures that feeling quite as poetically as Kathleen‘s “The Longest Year”. Theatrical in its disposition, the song perfectly displays the artist’s emotion-driving vocals, and we’re hooked.

Keep up with Kathleen here.