The Music Lab has again sorted through hundreds of new tracks to find five that they believe have a chance at going to the next level. Have a listen and feel free to comment. Your input goes a long way in helping us what to do with these songs.
1. Brittany Howard, History Repeats
Recommended If You Like: Alabama Shakes, for one.
Yes, this is the big-voice frontwoman for Alabama Shakes, although you might also know her work with her other band, Thunderbitch, as well as an appearance with John Legend. The album, her first as a solo performer, is named after her sister who died when they were both teenagers. Release is set for September 20.
2. Caveboy, I Wonder
Single (for now) (Independent)
RIYL: Summer alt-pop
This three-piece all-female group from Montreal— very strongly aligned with the LGBTQ community—proudly wave the queer pop flag while mining the 80s for their synth sounds. Infectious stuff, this. A debut album will appear sometime in 2020.
3. Altameda, Wishing Upon the Weather
Time Hasn’t Changed You (Phermone Recordings)
RIYL: Gaslight Anthem, The Hold Steady, some Springsteen
Yearning, almost desperate stuff from this Edmonton-based four-piece. This is the fourth single from their sophomore album that was released back in January.
4. ILLENIUM, Good Things Fall Apart ft. Jon Bellion
RIYL: Allan Rayman, City and Colour, Owl Eyes
ILLENIUM (yes, another ALL-CAPS person) is an American producer and DJ from San Francisco who made a nice bit of change for remixing Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers. He has a thing about album titles that start with the letter “A,” releasing Ashes in 2016, Awake in 2017 and now Ascend. As for the video, it’s a little…apocalyptic.
5. BABYMETAL, Pa Pa Ya
Metal Galaxy (Universal)
RIYL: There is nothing like BABYMETAL
There has been much concern within the BABYMETAL community over the last few months regarding the departure of co-frontwoman Yui Metal. Would Su-metal and Moametal continue on as a duo? Perhaps not. Riho Sayashi of another Japanese group called Morning Musume appears to have taken Yui Metal’s place. Or maybe not. There’s talk of three “Avengers” of whom Riho is just one. (Sorry, but I’m something of a BABYMETAL nerd.)
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