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R-Mean - Mean Mondays & “Guap Callin’”

R-Mean, prolific Los Angeles rapper and founder of the 52-week Mean Mondays campaign, has been consistently delivering tracks with a dope flow and clever lyricism each Monday for the past 33 weeks. The themes of his Mean Monday tracks range from infidelity, to police brutality, to flat out envy and raw emotion, but his rap flows are consistently saturated with deeper meanings that stress his authenticity. “Discretion”, for example, will have you stopping in your tracks so that you can better appreciate his skilled narratives and cinematic imagery. Thus far, R-Mean has released 33 MeanMondays tracks, each of which boasts a unique story and rhythm. His most recent track, “Guap Callin’”, expresses his ‘work hard, play hard’ attitude. It’s a track that will give you the motivation and energy to set your priorities in order and get things done. We wait with anticipation for his next release this coming Monday.

William Bolton - "Fire in the Rain"

William Bolton - "Fire in the Rain"

It' has been a minute since I posted some music, but when I saw William Bolton dropped a new tune last Friday called "Fire in the Rain," I knew I had to show some love.

The crooner/multi-instrumentalist has been on my radar for a few years, but he is starting to pick up some solid traction lately. While many of his previous songs found Bolton producing his own, this one he links up with Onda for the mellow beat.

Bolton continues to blend a soulful vocal style, with pop and hip hop influences that always make his tunes feel like you are cruising down the beach all night long. Stream below.


Noble Oak - "Something More"

Noble Oak - Something More

Been some time since I posted, but wanted to share this cool dream-rock tune from Noble Oak. I've posted this artist in the past, but if you need a refresher, Noble Oak is the moniker of 25 year old Vancouver based multi-instrumentalist, artist and producer Patrick Fiore. His work has received support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Stereogum, DIY, HYPEBEAST, THUMP, Indie Shuffle and much more. "Something More" is off an upcoming album to be released later this year.

 “On the day I was released from a job that moved me across the country, I felt a sudden realization that I had nothing left to lose or focus on but music, and that it should always be the only focus. The song spilled out in a way that made me feel like a passenger to my own process, as if I was watching it take shape before me.” - Noble Oak


Night Drive - "Rise and Fall" (Classixx Remix)

Classixx remix Night Drive

As the warmer weather takes a hold of the east coast, I found myself relishing in more tropical and cool dance tunes. The timing is perfect too as Classixx's latest groovy remix of Night Drive's "Rise and Fall" is just what I need.

The remix literally has it all, smooth dance vibes, tropical undertones, and a mix of 80's/90's club -- a perfect combo for your Summer 2017 prep. Stream the tune below.


Coast Modern - "Pockets Full of No"

Coast Modern - "Pockets Full of No"

Maaaaaaaaaan, it's been awhile since I posted something but thought I'd make an April return. I wanted to share this new single from Coasts Modern called "Pockets Full of No." The Los Angeles duo are going to blow up big time (hopefully soon) and I'm definitely starting to see more people recognizing their music.

This new song comes from the bands debut record, which is set for release later this year via 300 Entertainment / +1 Records. So be on the lookout for that, you won't want to miss out.

Stream the latest tune below and don't forget to listen to their other tunes.


Calvin Harris - "Slide" (ft. Frank Ocean & Migos)

Calvin Harris - Slide ft. Frank Ocean, Migos

I might be a day or so late on this one, but I had to share it as I definitely dig this collaboration between Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, and Migos. The new song called "Slide" was a nice surprise when it popped up in my Spotify feed and I was hoping this would be as good as I initially would expect. And it of course was.

Harris blessed us with a pre-Summer jam that I can certainly listen over and over again.Check out the song "Slide" below if you have not already heard it, and even if you have, you should listen again anyway!


Instant Concert Ticket Recommendations to Your Phone

So many of you may have noticed I do not post on the blog much, but don't worry, I still plan on new music from time to time. You might also remember the cool music app called Hive - Music Discovery that I was helping work on (or maybe not, but go check it out). Well, that project is currently on a break and will be re-visited in the near future. The bigger question is, what have I been working on?

In collaboration with Hive's CEO, we started another music related venture. We currently are only in product testing and will eventually be making this an even bigger monster, but for now we are looking for honest feedback on the concept. We already have functioning website up and you can sign up for free. WIN.

The product is called /Guru and based on your music preferences, you will receive custom ticket recommendations directly to your phone via text. What do you get in the text? A link to the artists music and of course a direct link to purchase your ticket. You'll get artists and bands you recognize, discover new ones, and even get discount offers on cool shows in your area.

Why did we create this with so many ticket platforms? We love most of the ones out there, but we wanted to find an even simpler solution. I personally always forget to read emails for upcoming concerts, lose track of emails about concerts, nor am I always monitoring bands or venues social media accounts for the latest concerts. I also tend to not like looking online and scouring the web for concerts (maybe I'm just lazy). This now gives labels, music venues, and artists a simple way to directly reach concert goers and new fans.

Instant concert ticket recommendations

This is the first time we are really promoting this out to the public and are looking for people to test it out, provide feedback, or send product features they would like to see incorporated. And remember, it's free to sign-up and start getting ticket recommendations!

We'll provide more updates in the near future, but if you want to help us out, offer feedback/suggestions, or if you want to partner in some way, feel free to reach out via email.

J. Cole - "Lights Please" (Nubbz Remix)

J.Cole - "Lights Please" Nubbz Remix

Woah, realized I have neglected to post in over month! Hoping I have some more time in 2017 to share music a bit more consistently. Anyway, wanted to share this new remix from Nubbz of J.Cole's song "Lights Please." The Dutch producer has been featured on the blog a few times and it seems he just keeps getting better with each new release.

Stream the remix below and be prepared for the ultimate chill vibe.


Stream Jarrod Milton's Album Called "Girl"

Stream Jarrod Milton's Album Girl

I'm not going to front on this one, I discovered Jarrod Milton via the always great P&P and when I saw Miltons LP Girl was available for streaming I had to share.

The Atlanta native shared his 10 track EP in advance of it's release, showcasing his unique style and songwriting capabilities. The music is a blend of pop, electronic, ambient, and a hint of R&B. If you are looking to vibe out and relax this EP might be right for you.


REECE - "Lost in Translation"

REECE - "Lost in Translation"

A few months back I shared a promising upcoming R&B artist by the name of REECE, whom recently released a brand new song called "Lost in Translation." The 20 year old Virgina native and now LA resident recently signed a publishing deal with BMG, which is a big step for his budding career.

The new single packs some serious vocal prowess, especially over that hypnotic production. We might only have a handful of songs from REECE at this time, but his future in music is promising. Stream the new single below.


JAHKOY - "F N Sexy"

JAHKOY - " F N Sexy"

The R&B wave has continued to grow over the last few years and with more talented artists sharing their creations, I don't see this movement slowing down. One upcoming R&B artist, Canadian singer/rapper JAHKOY, has a good chance of dominating that R&B wave. He is currently (and recently) signed to Def Jam.

I've seen a few of his tunes pop up over the last few weeks and his latest single caught my attention. The new song is called "F N Sexy." It's mellow, but has a hypnotic vibe that will hook you in right from the start. Stream below.


Belarbi - "Girl"

Belarbi "Girl"

Over the last few years we've heard from some talented artists and producers coming from all areas in France, especially Paris. Recent producer/DJ Belarbi is next up to be added to the French roster, especially if he continues producing songs like "Girl." This single came out about a month ago, but is still deserving of more listens (currently at 32k+ streams on Soundcloud).

"Girl" is super mellow, but still retains a cool dance groove that makes this the perfect addition to any playlist. Stream below and stay tuned for more.


Jordan Bratton - "Love & Nothing"

Jordan Bratton - "Love & Nothing"

The R&B wave continues to grow and become more diverse with good music. Singer Jordan Bratton has been featured here before, but it has been awhile since we go something new. Until Bratton unleashed a song previously unheard called "Love & Nothing." Not sure if this is a brand new single or if he has been keeping this one to himself until now, but new music regardless. This has a bit of a funky upbeat tempo, but a nice crooning to complement it.




I know I know, it's been awhile since I posted on here. But many of you know I'm working on a music discovery and A&R tool called Hive, where I'm wearing many hats especially with getting amazing new talent on the app. This is also where I discovered and found the latest from duo NIGHTLY.

The Nashville residents infectious single "XO" was a big winner on the app and one song I've continued to play. The song was officially released in mid-Summer and only has 32k plays on Soundcloud, which deserves waaaaay more. So hoping you guys will share with friends because these guys have a solid sound. Stream this song below and be prepared to replay it all week.


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