Indie Artist Interview – Envee

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.

Intro

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

Their Whispers

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.

Here is the pre-save link! Click it and get this track at midnight tonight! https://presave.io/t/theirwhispers

The Music Behind Envee

Ryan: What’s the best track ever released?

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.

Envee Fans

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.

Conclusion

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!

Pre-Save ‘Their Whispers’

https://presave.io/t/theirwhispers released with Estabrook Road Records

And find Envee on Spotify:

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New Music Friday!

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.

Can you kiss me more?
We’re so young, boy, we ain’t got nothin’ to lose, uh-oh
It’s just principle
Baby, hold me ’cause I like the way you move, uh-oh

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.

When I get home
You better not be there
We’re placin’ bets you won’t

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.

Uh, copped a BMW, new deposit, I picked up another bag
Like fuck it, I’ma count while I’m in it
I hear planes flyin’, crowds screamin’, money counters, chains clangin’
Shit, I guess that’s how it sound when you winnin’

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.

Cami – Like The Wolves

https://presave.io/t/likethewolves

Peter Runks – Here We Come

https://presave.io/t/herewecome

SanJardo B – After Hours

https://presave.io/t/sanjardobafterhours

Tio – Live For The Moment

https://presave.io/t/liveforthemoment

AOB Savage – 2 Times

https://presave.io/t/2times

Envee – Their Whispers

https://presave.io/t/theirwhispers

Jane Handcock – Forgive Them (Radio Edit)

https://presave.io/t/forgivethemradioedit

Kloud X – Sanity

https://presave.io/t/sanity

Glokkspinna – Mask On

https://presave.io/t/maskon

Kidd Atari – Diva
https://presave.io/t/diva

DMX – Slippin’

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.

RIP Earl Simmons (DMX)

If you or a loved one are suffering from addiction and/or mental health issues, please contact Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration 24/7 at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

I’ll see you guys this weekend with some great Indie Artist Interviews.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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New Music Friday!

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.

That certainly escalated quickly.
You learn something new every day

Let’s get to the video.

So when you gonna tell her
That we did that too
She thinks it’s special
But it’s all reused

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.

It’s just a little white line, I’ll be fine
But soon, that little white line is a little glass pipe
Tinfoil remedy almost got the best of me
I keep praying I don’t reach the end of my lifetime

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.

I’d say that’s…not bad.

Here is the K-Pop Japanese track, Film Out

(Romanized)
Tantan to furitsumotta kioku no naka de
Kimi dake wo hiroi atsumete tsunagete
Heya juu ni utsushite nagame nagara
Komiageru itami de kimi wo tashikamete iru

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.

Blonde, blonde, blonde, blonde, blonde, Richard on my arm
Rappers in my phone, in my DM, won’t leave me alone
Blonde, blonde, blonde, blonde, hair thirty inches long
Boys on my d*ck, sip this p*ssy like it’s Styrofoam, ayy

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.

Conclusion

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:

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Indie Artist Interview: ya

Welcome to another edition of Le Café Music’s Indie Artist Interview Series. Today’s guest is dark pop indie artist, ya.

Hey ya!

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself

Now that I got that out of my system, let’s get this thing started.

Intro

Ryan: What’s up, ya! I’ve been looking forward to having you on! Can you give us a little intro?

ya: I go by the name ya. Eighteen years ago, I was born into a family of business working parents and one older sister, based in Moscow, Russia. Alongside the rest of the family and family friends coming over to our grand house parties hosted strictly every weekend, I grew up in what would be called a “holiday house”, somewhat far from the city, in its own isolated universe.

My music making began then, yes probably from the day I was born. It came to me naturally and noticing that, my parents (not too musical themselves) encouraged me to take vocal, opera and piano lessons at a private Moscow school I was attending. When I was about 11 years old, a lot has changed for me but my music making remained; I moved to the Coast of Spain with my family and got into a British school, changing my first language and the language of my songs which I was already writing at the time. The strange juxtaposition of these two countries heavily influenced my music-making, aesthetics of my life and my character; the cold and cynical Moscovite has fused with the fiesta-summer-time lover.

Ryan: Haha I love that. The “holiday house” sounds dope. Living in Thailand, I have met a lot of cynical Moscovites starting to fuse with island life, so I get it.

CHANGE YOUR BODY

Ryan: When I first started working for Estabrook Road Records, I was listening to unsigned artists on Spotify. When I first heard your voice, I was like “Damn, this girl has a very strange vibe, but I kind of love it.” Jason (Payne) agreed, and you were my first artist signed to the label. You released your album with us in January. Tell us a little bit about it.

ya: My debut album Change Your Body came out on the fifth of January this year and it is the best and the most autobiographical thing I have created in my life so far, I have shared so much of myself with anyone…Change Your Body is a clear representation of my life; my childhood, my internal world, my teen years, my career…But it is not limited at me. In the album I explore ideas of reincarnation, growing up, creative progress, and artistic dehumanization. Change Your Body has endless meanings…

I feel that somehow the album came to represent the future; globalized, genderless, faceless, unified. The revolution of humankind, fusing with technological advancements; the possibility of being able to choose your body or the body of your child, already experienced through the obsessive editing of your representation on social media. I strive to musically represent the one ultimate being and be the voice for those who fear being defined.

Ryan: That’s deep as hell. I love the album and what it represents. I don’t know how many times I’ve listened to it since it was released. Here is the title track, Change Your Body

Vision

Ryan: What’s your favorite song on the album?

ya: My favourite track on Change Your Body is Vision as it is the ultimate ya song, i wrote it when i just turned 16 and two years later the song still makes me feel the same way. I know I say that I hate being defined but if I had to choose one song to define my style, define my essence, it would be Vision, 100%. I was very lucky to find an amazing producer through SoundBetter, JD Stefan who allowed the song to reach its potential.

Ryan: Vision is an awesome song. You and JD did a great job on it.

Influences

Ryan: Your musical style is very interesting. Who are your biggest influences?

ya: I grew up on jazz, blues and funk (being influenced by dad’s taste.) For me any blues artists (that I listen to) are IT. Blues to me feels more right than anything else and has influenced me far beyond just my music but my lifestyle and life views.

If I had to name an artist, it would be a pop star, Miley Cyrus. Her influence also went way beyond my music. Actually, musically I was not so much influenced by her in the actual music style etc, but what she stands for.

Change is a thing you can count on.” Miley sang, and her encouragement of embracing moments and not tying yourself down to any one identity has been so meaningful to me. Even when she was on Hannah Montana and I was a kid in Russia, she became my first ever idol; from early age, I felt this desire to be ALL, to have no limits and yeah I saw that in Hannah Montana hahah. Since then, I’ve stood by her and expanded these ideas to my own projects, like Change Your Body.

Ryan: Wow. I would have never pegged you as a Hannah Montana kind of person haha. But you’re right, the message is great and one I think every young girl would benefit from.

Collaboration

Ryan: That being said, what artist would you love to collaborate with? I have a feeling I already know the answer to this one.

ya: Goes without saying, Miley Cyrus…besides her, Young Fathers whose music I feel very deeply, and I think they are just next level, their music feels sacred to me and I would be humbled to take part in that.

Ryan: Young Fathers makes so much more sense to me. But I would love to hear a collaboration between you and Miley. That would be interesting. What’s your collab process like?

ya: With collaborations, the process is quite different from my usual songwriting; like in my personal life, I work better when I’m alone and in full control. I get a lot of collaboration requests and usually it consists of someone sending me an instrumental. Sometimes with part of their vocals on it and the only thing I need to do is write melody and lyrics for my voice, keeping in mind the aesthetics of the other artist to so it doesn’t clash.

In these cases, I’m more detached and sometimes will work on a song for weeks, changing the lyrics until the best result is reached whether with fully my own songs the process takes about twenty minutes, plus potential future polishing and producing. I have only had one collaboration so far which in my view matched to the standard and authenticity of my original solo music which is the song Cult on my album in collaboration with a Rhode Island – based rapper, Nerdteck. Maybe this is because I originally wrote the song, my hook and verse with acoustic guitar and later found a perfect instrumental.

Ryan: I totally get being detached, especially when you’re not in the same room together. I do love the fact that technology allows us to collaborate from Spain to Rhode Island.

Outside of Music

Ryan: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?

ya: Limitless. I find myself very grateful to still have so much interest in almost everything from which I can learn something. All forms of art, of course I am very involved in. I write anything from prose, poetry to screenplays and theatre. I am very into film and actually have had filmmakers in my family. It’s another career I’m pursuing.

Fashion is very important to me, architecture, journalism, law and politic; literally anything within the arts and humanities spectrum. And it’s all I do. There’s not a part in my life where what I spend my time doing something that isn’t somehow related to my art-making. From more “fun” hobbies, I do indulge in parties when I feel the time is right, like I mentioned, I grew up in parties so it means a lot to me and it is the only time I can take somewhat of a break.

Ryan: That’s awesome. I’d love to read one of your scripts sometime!

Childhood

Ryan: Your music is quite dark. You…are quite dark as an artist. What were you like as a kid?

ya: I’ve been “dark” since I was born, and more and more so I become each day. As a kid, I was neurotic and obsessively religious. My psychological issues were the worst at the time of my childhood. I had to fully alone manage more than any person, especially child could, so it made me strong but bitter.

It’s like there’s this lack of connection between me and other people because I know I will never be able to fully open up to anyone, I won’t be able to be fully honest and have these genuine relationships that I see. I don’t know what image you’re getting from my childhood but even though it was dark, I did have a lot of friends and grew up well-off and it was beautiful but painful. Now I thrive in darkness and nothing really scares me, I just try to keep up my interest and lust for life.

Ryan: A childhood like that creates endless possibilities as an artist, and you seem to be using that as much as you can.

Dating

Ryan: If you could go on a date with any artist, who would it be and what would you do?

ya: If I could go on a date with any other musician it would be Playboi Carti. We would make vampire love to each other and creep in the night, drinking stranger’s blood.

Ryan: That is a terrifying image.

Pandemic Life

Ryan: What are you doing to stay connected with your fanbase during the pandemic?

ya: The pandemic hasn’t made changes in my career. I started my music career in the midst of the pandemic. Although I was doing live shows locally in Spain before harsh restrictions, all my fans were online from the beginning; mostly in the US and UK and for them I do regular live shows on social media and keep creating more content.

Ryan: I’ve seen some of your live shows on social media. I recommend you guys follow ya. Her links will be at the bottom of the page.

Live Gigs and Stuff

Ryan: If you could perform in any city in the world today, where would you go?

ya: If I could do a gig in any city, it would be LA because you know…where to promote yourself if not in LA? Plus, it’s one of the cities in which my music is listened to the most and I know people would go hard.

Ryan: That would be an awesome show. Can’t wait to get live music back. If you had to choose a “last meal,” what would it be?

ya: My last meal choice would be Russian pancakes with red caviar and a shot of Vodka.

Ryan: I learned to never drink vodka with Russians. I learned the hard way.

Motivation

Ryan: What keeps you going?

ya: What keeps me going is restless, obsessive ambition and not in an ego centrical way, but in a way that I genuinely feel and know and have felt and known my whole life that I need to release my art into the world ,as should everyone else who feels that need. Because if you feel it, the universe is in some way asking for it. We are all constantly changing the world and this feeling, in my opinion, means that there is some duty you have. That’s the way I often feel about my music and everything else in my life, actually. I feel it is my duty to make the best out of it. It’s a feeling that moves beyond the temporary, hedonistic wishes and basic human needs.

Ryan: Wow. That’s a great answer.

Conclusion

Ryan: We’re running short on time, so I have 2 more questions for you. What’s next for ya?

ya: Most of the time when I tell people about my plans, they end up not happening… I can tell you, I have big plans. The kind that some people laugh at, but it doesn’t bother me. What I can reveal now is my next biggest project is a music video for my most popular song Movie.

It’s pop track from my album, exploring the subject of identity and fame. My visual ideas for it consist of a surrealist music video in themes of selling the soul fused with the groovy, moody, modern pop sound. This will be my best music video ever, as I will be working with a film company in Moscow to make it as professional and as artistic as possible. For this, I have started a crowdfunding campaign which I hope will allow me to make this video come to life. At this point, it depends on my supporters, but I know I will do my best with the resources I do have.

One for the Fans

Ryan: Movie is the first song I heard from you. That was the one that made me reach out to you for the label. I can’t wait to see the video. One last question. What would you like to say to our readers?

ya: To my fans – Thank you for all your support and for spending time from your world to gain insight into mine. The connections we have are rare and very meaningful to me. And if you want to support me further, please, look into the crowdfunding or help me spread the word. I can guarantee you the most authentic and unique music video, and with it being for Movie, my most famous song and the most mainstream song, I know this project will go far. I’d love for you to take part in that.

To people who haven’t heard my music yet – I will very much appreciate you taking time to listening to my music. With it, I have opened myself up in a way I could never do in real life and have exposed myself in hopes to find a connection with the right person. If the right person is you, if you find something that moves you in my music, I know how valuable that is.

Ryan: Thank you so much for joining us today, ya. Your answers were incredible. I can’t wait for the video and I’ll chat with you soon!

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Change Your Body album – https://songwhip.com/ya-music/change-your-body

Crowdfunding campaign for Movie music video – https://songwhip.com/ya-music/change-your-body

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Happy Weekend! It’s New Music Friday!

Hey everyone! Happy weekend. It’s time to roll out the newest tracks for the week…some good. Some not so good. Let’s go!

Post Malone – I Only Wanna Be With You

Yeah, that I Only Wanna Be With You.

Honestly, I like Post Malone…but this ain’t it, man. The song was chosen for the Pokemon 25th Anniversary event…which…doesn’t even make sense.

It just sounds like a cheap cover band version of Hootie and the Blowfish. The added Pokemon sounds in the music don’t help.

They really missed the opportunity to call it I Only Wanna Be With Mew. Shame.


Leon Bridges & Keite Young – Like A Ship

We started with a really unfortunate cover of a popular song above. This cover is much better.

THIS is music.

Leon Bridges and Keite Young team up on the cover of Pastor T.L. Barrett‘s gospel song, Like A Ship for Truth To Power Project’s Soundtrack To Empowerment.

The Truth to Power Project’s Website states “The Truth to Power Project is a creative endeavor working to engage people with inspiring new music and multimedia content to encourage community involvement. Let’s bring truth to the light so that we can heal, grow, and prosper together.”

They also state “A percentage of the revenue generated from this project will support the next generation of emerging musicians through the Music Forward Foundation. This national nonprofit organization is dedicated to transforming young lives, inspiring careers, and championing a more inclusive music industry.

I love the message. This country really does need to heal, grow, and prosper TOGETHER.

Here is Like A Ship.

I searched for pleasure (I searched for pleasure)
But I found pain (But I found pain)
I look for sunshine (I look for sunshine)
Yes I did, but I found rain (But I found rain)

The Offspring – Let The Bad Times Roll

After a 9-year hiatus, The Offspring is back.

Their last album, Days Go By was released in 2012, and I know I have been waiting for new music from the band. We finally get it today with a teaser from the new album, Let The Bad Times Roll, which will be released April 16.

The new track has that old school alt rock sound that made The Offspring famous. Let The Bad Times Roll is about the current state of America…which sucks. The song does not suck. Check it out.

Take what’s right and make it wrong
Make it up as I go along
Let me know when you decide
Apathy or suicide
Oh baby let the bad times roll

Green Day – Here Comes The Shock

More like Here Comes The Suck.

We are in year 2 of the punk band’s 2 year partnership with the NHL, in which Green Day songs are played during NHL games. The band has released songs that have been introduced during games, and they are at it again.

They introduced their new track, Here Comes The Shock as part of the National Hockey League’s Lake Tahoe outdoors game last Saturday.

As an unapologetic Green Day fan, I absolutely hate this song. The lyrics are nonsense. The band behind Billie Jo Armstrong sounds great, musically, but this is honestly just a trash sports anthem and I hope I never hear it again. You’re so much better than this, guys.

Bebop a lula baby
Annie get your gun
We’re gonna shoot it baby gonna do some damage and some damage will be done


What?

Tio – Check Point

To end the week, I’m going to give you a new release from the label I work with, Estabrook Road Records.

This is up-and-coming hip hop artist, Tio with Check Point. Be ready for more releases from ERR in the next couple of months!

Conclusion

That’s gonna do it for this week’s New Music Friday. Overall, not a great week for new music. Post Malone and Green Day hurt me with these releases.

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Classic. Don’t do caffeine pills, kids.

Ariana Grande – Test Drive

Test Drive comes off of Ariana Grande‘s Positions Deluxe edition. It’s 1 of 5 new tracks on the album, and it stays with that promiscuous theme.

Sex. It is most definitely about sex.

As you could imagine, Ari stans are losing their minds on social media.

It’s even killing people with Asthma

Let’s go ahead and listen to what all the chaos is about.

Pull up, pull up on me, ayy-ayy
Might just recline the seat when I want it
Give you a set of keys ’cause you own it
Pull up, pull up on me, ayy-ayy
No second-guessing, checking the rearview
Ain’t looking back unless it’s right at you

The Fiasco – Played Me At My Own Game

In our latest Indie Artist Interview, I talked to Adam and Tim of The Fiasco ahead of their newest release. The 4-man alt-rock band from England gives off that original Warped Tour vibe, and I am here for it. Influenced by bands like The Offspring and All Time Low, you can understand why.

Played Me At My Own Game will smack you in the face with nostalgia. Be sure to check out the interview and follow these guys before they blow up.

You changed up all the rules
To make me the fool
And god knows
I had a close escape

24kGoldn – 3,2,1

Only 20-years-old, Golden Landis Von Jones has himself another hit. Coming off the massive success of his last chart-topping single, Mood, 24kGoldn might be trending on TikTok again soon.

TikTok and Mood gave us this gem from @jrzl: Asian Mood.

The young 24kGoldn has a bright future ahead of him. Here’s his new single, 3,2,1.

3 sides to the story
Yours and mine and the god damn truth girl
2 lies that you told me
Said you love then you hate me I don’t know what to do girl
But 1 thang for sure
You can back that ass up n baby I want more

Trippie Redd, Travis Barker, Machine Gun Kelly, blackbear – PILL BREAKER 

This is an interesting collaboration that is blending the genres of hip-hop and rock together. Trippie Redd teamed up with former Blink 182 drummer, Travis Barker, to produce this fusion album, NEON SHARK vs Pegasus.

Redd’s new album features collaborations with Chino Moreno of the Deftones, MGK, blackbear, Scarlrxd, and Zillakami.

This drug-infused love song slaps, and honestly…I’m digging the whole 40-track album so far.

There’s purple in my 7up
I’m hurtin’ this is not enough (I’m hurtin’ I can’t fix it though)
I ate a Percocet for lunch (pop that perky yea)
I’m in heaven off this angel dust

Jane Handcock – Ion Like Dat

Introducing: Estabrook Road Records artist, Jane Handcock. The Oakland-born R&B singer-songwriter is coming in hot and she’s ready to make herself known. She has worked with some big names as a songwriter, including Kelly Rowland (who also has a new track out today,) Dr Dre, Ma$e, and producer Teddy Riley.

Jason Payne, CEO of Estabrook Road Records is putting Jane in the spotlight with her new single, Ion Like Dat.

“We just dropped Jane Handcock’s first single with us and I have to say, there’s a lot of excitement and buzz going on with this track. Jane is definitely a new artist on the rise and we are grateful to be apart of this journey with her.” Payne said.

Ion Like Dat is now available on all streaming platforms, and she will surely be hitting radio stations near you very soon!

That’ll do it for this week’s New Music Friday! For more new music from Chris Brown, Conan Gray, Lil Yachty, Luis Fonsi, and much more, listen to Spotify‘s New Music Friday playlist right here.

Tell me your favorite new track in the comments below!

Happy weekend, everyone!