Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It is NMF, or otherwise known as New Music Friday! Let’s see what’s new this week!
H.E.R. – Come Through (feat. Chris Brown)
This song is sexy, I won’t lie. There’s not a whole lot of good R&B out there these days. The genre just hasn’t been the same since the classics from the 90s and early 2000s. Come Through kind of brings me back to that.
The Weeknd – Save Your Tears (Remix feat. Ariana Grande)
I know, I know…you’ve heard this song a million times.
Ariana puts a fresh spin on it, and the video is wild. Cartoon Abel creates an Ariana Grande sex doll.
Honestly, I think this is the remix we didn’t know we needed.
Sasha Sloan – when was it over? (feat. Sam Hunt)
Our third duet of the week comes from a genre I don’t talk about enough.
I mean, it’s more on the country-pop side. I like it. It’s relatable and Sasha and Sam’s voices blend perfectly together.
Teddy Swims – Set The Bed On Fire
This is another one I’d stick in the country-pop genre. I’m just gonna say it. I f*cking love this song. This dude has some serious talent. If you haven’t seen him before, Teddy became a YouTube sensation with his amazing covers of popular songs. Like this one with almost 20 million views:
Here is the Atlanta, Georgia native with his new single, Set The Bed On Fire.
That’s gonna wrap it up for me. For more new releases, check out the updated NMF Spotify playlist right here.
Welcome to the weekend! That means today is…New Music Friday! Gotta make this a quick one. I’ve got too much work to do today, so let’s get to the music!
Young Stoner Life, Young Thug & Gunna – Solid (feat. Drake)
Young Stoner Life Records is back with Slime Language 2, the second album released on the label. I do enjoy some of the tracks on this album…but Solid isn’t doing it for me. Drake feels out of place (maybe because he overshadowed the others) and the song never really reeled me in. But who am I? Let’s see what Twitter says!
Alright, I’ll take the L
Here it is:
Julia Michaels – Love Is Weird
With the release of Love Is Weird, Michaels announced her upcoming debut album, Not In Chronological Order. The album will drop on April 30.
Here is Love Is Weird:
Walk Off The Earth – Anthem
I will unapologetically say, I am a fan of Walk Off The Earth…even if keyboardist and vocalist Gianni Luminati has not one…not two…but THREE man buns. Excessive, sir.
In a world full of sadness and depression and just straight up shit, Anthem is a feel-good tune that we could all use. Check it out here.
Envee – Their Whispers (feat. Matthew Garwood)
Here is a small label release for you guys. Envee is actually one of my first artists to sign as an A&R at Estabrook Road Records. The 21-year-old Australian rapper has all the talent and all the drive I wish I had at his age. Give it a listen and let me know what you guys think in the comments!
Alright guys, that’s all the time I have today. For more new releases, check out Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist right here. Have a great weekend, friends!
Welcome to another edition of Indie Artist Interviews. Today’s guest is Australian rap artist, Envee. We’ll be talking about his release and we are going to learn a lot about him.
Ryan: Envee! What’s up, brother? Welcome to the internet! Why don’t you tell our readers a little about yourself before we get rollin’.
Envee: So I was born in Sydney, Australia, I’m 21 years old and I’ve been grinding essentially my whole life if I’m honest, man. I moved around a lot growing up my G, and I mean a lot, man. I think I’ve moved houses like a good 15-20 times, man. So I don’t really have a place I can call home, but I lived in the central coast for about 8-9 years. At the time I was there, I was the only Middle Eastern kid in a very predominantly “Australian” Area. There was not a lot of other ethnicities in my school growing up and I paid the price for that, man. I got picked on a lot for that, especially because my name was so different.
I have one brother. He’s older, I love him to death, man. He’s always there for me, he’s my rock, always catches me when I fall so I’m very grateful for him, and my mum and dad too. Oh my days, I love my parents heavy. They’ve always supported me and my risky lifestyle, especially because I’m not your average kid, like at all. I was a professional footballer from a young kid. I was a musician, an actor, I performed in theatre, then I travelled at 17 to live on my own and play football in England. I guess I’ve put them through a lot, and they’ve supported everything I’ve done.
Ryan: That’s crazy, man. And for our American readers, he played what we call “soccer.” haha
Ryan: Alright bro, tell us about the big release.
Envee: So about tonights release, oh my days, is it special. You know I was sitting in the studio with my executive producer and best friend sam Antony, who is by far, the greatest producer in Australia, hands down. His music knowledge, his creativity, his ideas, they’re second to none. I’ve never seen it before. We were sitting down in the studio and we were about to do a gig, and I had created this concept which eventually turned into this track. As Sam and I were sitting down, I just turned to him and said, “man what the fuck is happening to my beautiful genre that was once rap? How the fuck did we go from Lupe fiasco, Eminem, my guy J Cole to fucking lil Xan and Lil Yaghty?” then I turned to him and said “fuck it I guess we gotta rescue it.” So I put a lot of work into this track man, in terms of lyricism, production, I worked extremely hard on the lyrics, I made sure the story was rough, accurate and hard hitting.
Its also really safe to say that the production on this track is undeniably the greatest thing I’ve heard in 2021 too. Every time I step up my game with lyricism, Sammy surprises me and does something crazy with production, so it’s a really healthy relationship.
But the song is about a tale of 2 types of men, one guy who put up with so much adversity in his life and made his way honestly, compared to a scared little man running around with guns thinking he can be the one to say “who’s life ends when.” No man should have that power but god. I even took a little stab at that little twat 6ix9ine, who. I have no respect for at all, ruining my genre of music with his bullshit and earning money when real hard working artists have to figure how they’re going to eat next week. But I’ll let you guys figure out where I did that haha.
Ryan: Oh damn, I didn’t hear that diss. I’ll have to listen closer. haha. This song is fire though, man.
Envee: My Favourite track ever released has to probably be No Role Models by J. Cole. Man he really is one of the greatest artist’s on the planet, it would be an honour and dream come true to do a song with him one day.
Ryan: That is a dope track. This brings me to my next question, and I’m sure J. Cole is a part of that answer. Who are your biggest influences?
Envee: My biggest influences, sheesh you got time? Haha there’s so many. From Eminem, Lupe fiasco, J Cole, to Muse and Marlon Roudette. there’s a lot of artists who shaped who I am today, but I think the ones that did the most damage for me would be Eminem and J Cole, two of the greatest lyricists on this planet. I can only dream to be as good as them one day.
Ryan: I have to agree on Eminem. Dude is a lyrical genius. So out of those artists, who would you want to collaborate with?
Envee: Eminem, J Cole and Envee on a track…that’s a billboard number 1 for a lifetime.
Life Outside of Music
Ryan: What are your hobbies outside of music?
Envee: My hobby is definitely playing football, man. it’s hard for me not to miss it, man. I was, and I guess still am so good at it.
Ryan: Man, I miss being athletic. Getting old sucks. Beware. haha. How about your weirdest job?
Envee: HAHA man my weirdest and actually worst job I ever had was a salesman selling charity door-to-door, man. Damn that job sucked so bad. From 8am till 7pm, sometimes I wouldn’t get home until 10pm. That job sucked so bad, but you gotta do what you gotta do to make the dreams work.
Ryan: Oh man, tell me about it. I’ve had some ridiculous jobs. We’ll talk about that another time.
Little Envee and Dating Envee
Ryan: What were you like as a kid?
Envee: As a kid I was a dreamer and hard worker, man. I played 3 instruments by the time I was 11-12. I was picked on a lot but I still loved everyone. I’ve always been a man for the people, that’s why I do this though. I do everything I do for my brothers and sisters in this world. We must stay united together and fight the evil forces that try to divide us, like racism, sexism, greed and so on. We must stay truthful, honest and we must educate each other about each other.
Ryan: Well said. We definitely need some of that here in the States. If you could go on a date with any artist, who would it be?
Envee: Hmmmm, Maybe Billie Eilish man. She just amazes me, like she’s incredible. I’d love to just learn from her and see what she’s like in her life you know.
Ryan: I love Billie. She doesn’t give any fucks. None.
Ryan: What are you doing to stay connected to your fans during Covid?
Envee: I mean Australia managed Covid really well, so every now and then when I walk the streets I have fans greet me and say hello. The funniest thing that’s happened was I went through a drive through of McDonald’s and I had the guy taking my order listening and singing Kinda Funny which was my first track that went top 40 global. That was amazing man, I was like you like that, song yeah? And he was like dude I love it! Haha not knowing that I actually wrote it hahaha. But I would say social media more. It’s made it easy you know, I’m not really good at the whole social media game, but I talk to a lot of people, get a lot of messages, so mainly social media.
Ryan: It’s nice to have people recognize your art. If you could perform your music in any city today, where would it be?
Envee: I’m really not sure man. Anywhere I go, I want the crowd to feel my energy, Envee concerts are crazy man, because it’s not just me performing, it’s all of us together. It’s insanity. The electric in the air is terrifying. I would love to perform in LA or London.
Ryan: Well, when we start gigging again, I need to check your show out, for sure.
Ryan: Got just a few more questions for ya, buddy. What is your favorite comedy film of all time?
Envee: Man good question, I have so many far out, anything Jim Carrey, Kevin Hart, Sacha Baron Cohen act in will be my favourite.
Ryan: Ace Ventura was the first movie that made me want to be an actor. I always used to mimic Jim Carrey’s facial expressions. I was a weird kid.
Ryan: What’s your drink of choice?
Envee: Water or Juice, definitely.
Ryan: One more for ya. Anything you want to say to our readers?
Envee: Yeah definitely, keep strong. I know these last couple of years have been really tough on every one, but only together will we move forward. If we stay strong and protect one another, we will be the strongest people in the world.
Envee its not a solo act, Envee means all of us going to the top together, reaching for the stars and being together. I cannot change this world, this music game on my own, we must do it together. Any time you hear an Envee track, you are a part of something bigger, better. We are one together. We will beat anything they throw at us. I love you all.
Ryan: Love it, bro. Good luck on your release tonight. I’m really looking forward to it!
Welcome to today’s edition of Indie ArtistInterview. Today’s guest is Australian pop artist, the lovely Cat Thompson.
Ryan: Hey Cat! Thanks for joining us today! How about a little intro for our readers?
Cat: Hey! My name is Cat Thompson. I’m a singer-songwriter. I love singing, dancing, playing instruments and making a lot of noise in my studio. I currently live in the beautiful beachside town of Byron Bay, Australia where the weather is warm and people are friendly.
Ryan: Tell me about your latest/upcoming release:
Cat: My latest single is titled Who You Gonna Call. It’s an anthem for anyone who has had the courage to leave a negative relationship and having the power to say no when a toxic ex comes calling. This narrative is juxtaposed with a lively beat which I hope makes people want to vibe out and dance. I’ve just released the music video which is super exciting! The dance choreography in the music video was created by talented choreographer James Deane. I’m also about to drop a new single titled Be Free with talented House music duo SaxBeatz. The song features American rapper, Kev Hannibal. It’s about hitting the open road, leaving everything behind and just being free! It will be available in music stores and streaming platforms soon!
Influences and Collabs
Ryan: What is your favorite track you’ve ever released?
Cat: That’s a hard one. I don’t think I could choose. I love every song that I’ve released and I have wonderful memories attached to each one.
Ryan: That’s a fair answer. Who are your biggest musical influences?
Cat: Growing up I had so many! As a kid I loved Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, the list goes on. I used to play their music over and over again and sing and dance loudly around the house. I’m indebted to all the great artists and musicians who came before me. They inspired me to follow my dream in the arts.
Ryan: That’s a hell of a list right there. What’s one artist you would love to collaborate with?
Cat: There are so many amazing artists I would love to work with. One of my favourite artists today is Sam Smith. I love his voice.
Life Outside of Music
Ryan: What are your hobbies and interests outside of music?
Cat: I love eating. Does that count as a hobby? Hahaha! Aside from that, I love reading books and watching documentaries on history.
Ryan: That absolutely counts as a hobby. As an artist, I’m sure you’ve had some survival jobs to get by. What’s the weirdest day job you’ve ever had?
Cat: When I first started working in the music industry, I moonlighted as a backstage crew member for other artists and bands. I used to think younger audiences were lively until one night we had a more senior crowd. Most grandparents seem quite dignified but when the headline act came on, a few of the elderly ladies in the audience started taking their kit off. Quite a few granny bras were thrown on the stage that night and security had to escort two ladies away after they climbed on to the stage. One of my jobs was to clear the bras off the stage once the show as over haha!
Ryan: Whoa, you might have me beat. haha.
On The Road and Life Before Music
Ryan: What’s the craziest thing to happen to you on stage or on the road?
Cat: I was performing shows in the Solomon Islands. After my show, I snuck out with my back up dancers and we boogied all night with the locals. The locals had set up an open-air party on a jetty overlooking the sea, complete with live music and a makeshift bar. They even had lawn chairs and tables for people to sit on. The jetty didn’t have any protective railing and there were a lot of people drinking and dancing. I asked what would happen if someone were to fall. One of the locals grinned and said, “You end up in the water.”
Ryan: Those are the best kinds of parties. We did that in Hong Kong at least 4 times a year. So much fun. Now, before you were picking up bras and partying on jetties, what were you like as a kid?
Cat: Stubborn haha! My parents didn’t want me to be a musician but I stuck to my guns.
Dating and Movies
Ryan: If you could go on a date with any other musician, who would it be?
Cat: Hmmm, I don’t know. It’s not something I’ve ever thought about. But if you’re going to date someone date a dancer. It’s sexy when your date can move their hips!
Ryan: Hips don’t lie. haha. What’s your favorite comedy movie of all time?
Cat: Monty Python has golden moments and it might be my childhood nostalgia speaking but I really enjoyed Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Even to this day I have a giggle when I hear the We’re Men In Tights song
Ryan: Yes! Men in Tights is so underrated. I directed a production of Robin Hood that I wrote for my students in the Hong Kong Drama Festival. I had them learn that dance for curtain call hahaha.
Ryan: What are you doing to stay connected to your fans during the pandemic?
Cat: I’ve been able to stay in touch with my fans thanks to social media. I know there are both pros and cons to social media but then I think of the generations that came before us, who lived without the internet and I think about how long they had to wait to receive letters and telegrams. It makes me appreciate how much easier it is to stay connected to the people we love during this crazy time.
Ryan: Truth. I remember when cell phones didn’t even have a screen. We have it so much easier. We can talk to anyone, anywhere, at any time. It’s crazy. If you could do a gig in any city in the world today, where would it be and why?
Cat: I’d love to do a gig in Tokyo, Japan. That’s where I grew up and I have many happy memories there. I’d also love to do a gig in Northern Ireland because I’m half Northern Irish. If I did a gig in Belfast, my cousins could come and enjoy the show which would be really sweet.
Ryan: Tokyo is on the top of my list too. I’ve been to Belfast, but not to perform. Just to drink. Speaking of drinking, What keeps you going?
Cat: Food! Did I mention that I like food? Haha! And the of love and support from my fans. They inspire to keep chasing my dreams.
Ryan: That’s awesome. Alright, got time for one more. Anything you’d like to say to our readers before I let you go?
Cat: To my beautiful fans – thank you for all your love and support! To anyone who hasn’t heard my music yet – feel free to pop by my Spotify and YouTube to have a listen and check out my music videos. If you like what you hear, feel free to leave me a message. I always love to hear from you!
Ryan: Thank you so much for joining us today, Cat! Keep us posted on your upcoming releases!
I know I apologized for this last week, and here we are again. I haven’t been able to post much lately, as I took on another job at Estabrook Road Records and I have been studying music business online. But it’s the weekend and I cannot miss New Music Friday! I also have 2 great interviews coming up this week with Cat Thompson and L’Marco, so follow us for updates!
Doja Cat ft. SZA – Kiss Me More
I feel like I’ve heard this song somewhere. Doja definitely sampled from Olivia Newton John‘s hit, Physical. Kiss Me More is a catchy-ass tune and the music video is visually stunning.
Twenty One Pilots – Shy Away
Along with this single, Twenty One Pilots announced their upcoming album Scaled and Icy which will be released May 21. At 8:00 pm EST on that day, the duo will also hold a live-streamed concert. For tickets, hit up live.twentyonepilots.com.
In the meantime, check out their new single, Shy Away.
Polo G – Rapstar
This track is a whole vibe and I am feeling it. I don’t have much to say about it, really. Just listen to it. Several times.
Seriously, if you don’t know who Polo G is…you will. This track is straight up fire. Check it out here.
Estabrook Road Records
There are a few other decent releases this week, but I want to talk a little about the little guys. It’s not a bias thing. I really do enjoy listening to tracks from these smaller labels. Estabrook Road has put out some fire tracks recently with C. Lacy and Jane Handcock. We have 5 new releases this week and a great one coming next week. I’ll post the pre-save links below so you can check them out on whichever platform you prefer.
As a bonus track, and a tribute to DMX, who passed away this afternoon at 50-years-old after a drug overdose, here is his 1998 hit Slippin’
X recently told Uproxx about the origin of his addiction to crack cocaine, claiming his mentor passed him a blunt that he didn’t know was laced with liquid crack…at 14-years-old. “A monster was born” he said. Here’s the full interview. Warning, this shit is heartbreaking.
Welcome once again to another edition of New Music Friday here on Le Café Music Blog. It’s been a bit of a hectic week, so I haven’t posted since last Friday. I will definitely have more for you guys this week!
Now let’s get to the music!
Olivia Rodigo – Deja Vu
Olivia burst onto the scene with her debut track Drivers License, so it’s going to be hard to top that on her second shot.
This song seems to be a follow up about the blonde girl that always made her pout. This time, she wasn’t driving through the suburbs. She started this song with a car ride to Malibu.
Let’s see what Twitter had to say about this track.
Let’s get to the video.
Demi Lovato – Dancing With The Devil
Demi Lovato makes her emotional return after her 2018 near-death experience after an overdose. Dancing With The Devil...The Art Of Starting Over is Demi’s first album since 2017.
Lovato has been through hell and back. I won’t get into those details out of respect for her. She lays a lot of it out in this recent documentary, so have a watch if you’re interested. Just a warning…it’s a lot to take in.
Here is the title track from her new album, Dancing With The Devil.
BTS – (방탄소년단) Film out
Their first single after smashing the charts with their hit Dynamite, the South Korean boy band is back. This time, they are not singing in English…or Korean. Film Out is sung in Japanese.
The upcoming BTS album, which includes Film Out, expected to be released on June 16…is entirely in Japanese.
Here is the K-Pop Japanese track, Film Out
Iggy Azalea, Tyga – Sip It
Yup, Iggy is back and she’s teaming up with Tyga on her newest release. I’m not gonna lie to you guys. This song is f*cking horrible. It’s like a Walmart brand of WAP. Iggy, you went away for a while…what made you think this was the song to come back with? Straight up trash.
Jane Handcock – Forgive Them
Sorry, Jane. I can’t forgive Iggy for that sack of sh*t she just dropped. But this song right here…is fire. This is Jane’s second release with Estabrook Road Records and this woman deserves more recognition in the R&B world.
Iggy Azalea still sucks.
There is much better music out there, so have a listen to Spotify’s weekly New Music Friday playlist right here: