Relax; despite the artist name, this post is pretty safe for the workplace (SFW). Brooklyn has always been a breeding ground for Hip-Hop, and time hasn’t slowed that notion. Next up in that line could be Brooklyn Rapper, Junglepussy. With a relaxed flow all her own, and a devil-may-care attitude (as if the name weren’t a tip-off), there’s charm in her song structure. Her distinctive look will draw label attention soon enough, while her unique persona and lyrical delivery have already begun to draw droves of fans to her door. Give her a listen and make up your own mind.
Virginia based Rapper, GoldLink, has a unique and captivating vocal delivery style. His latest release, The God Complex, delivers variety and a sound that differentiates himself from much of what exists in Hip-Hop today. Solid production quality and enticing hooks create crossover potential, as well. Currently on tour in Australia, it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a household name, and not just in the traditional Hip-Hop circles. Give the track a listen; see what you think.
[Official Bio] To call GoldLink an aspiring rapper would not do him justice. The DMV-bred emcee accrued over three million plays on his Soundcloud and captured the attention of an entire industry with the first project he ever released.
GoldLink’s sound doesn’t throw it all the way back to the boom-bap, New York style, nor is it entirely a product of digital production. Instead, the music mixes the buttery grooves of 90’s R&B with classic hip-hop breaks to give it an essence of nostalgia, and then turns on its head with bouncy, forward-thinking production style led by the likes of Ta-Ku and Kaytranda. Add that to GoldLink’s ability to fill every pocket of the dynamic instrumentals he tackles with a roller-coaster delivery, and suddenly your head is bobbing to the self-proclaimed “future-bounce” genre.*
The racing mind of a 20-year old is usually not a romantically stable place, so you will often hear GoldLink battling the worries and woes of his love life. However, with the mental and social acuity of someone far beyond his years, it is not out of the ordinary to find GoldLink tackling a larger social injustice. Whether it be dealing cocaine, gun-toting friends, an absent father, or the general hardship of growing up in the ghetto, there is substance behind the sound.
With a catalog of less than twenty songs under his belt, GoldLink has still been able to receive the support of outlets like FADER, Complex, Noisey, and XXL. The recognition spread further than the web though, as GoldLink played several showcases at SXSW, a Los Angeles debut alongside future-bounce Soulection conglomerates, as well as numerous other concerts in New York and elsewhere on the horizon.
The short career of GoldLink thus far has shown him relative success, and with a summer filled with new music right around the corner, we are all excited to watch, experience, and dance to his progression.
This group is insanely new; still assembling its crew and venturing out to perform. Finding groups before they’re already “buzzy” is one of the challenges and joys of talent scouting. That being said, it’s difficult to gauge the ceiling for the group, as the live performance is such a key component. However, for a young group, their recordings have substantial polish. They balance aggression, precision, and melodic character quite well. I look forward to hearing what the group does next.
[Official Bio] This band was started by Chase Wagster after leaving For All I Am. Moving to California and meeting the rest of the group and deciding to start a new project. We wrote this song about bullying and being pushed around and wanted to give back to all those affected by this.
In perhaps the catchiest use of the ‘F word’ since Puddle of Mudd, Oregon Rock group, DIVIDES’ newest entry is a great introduction to the band. The group is fronted by CJ Marie, who provides an edgy lead vocal, serviceable in both aggressive moments and tranquil. The group is still early in its career, promoting its initial release. While the group isn’t quite ready to break, there is tremendous potential for the group. Give them a listen and see what you think.
[Official Bio]DIVIDES is an Alaskan Alternative Metal band formed by members Bryan James Calhoon, CJ Marie Brunke, Corey Rainey and Joe Jackson with hopes of expanding a musical project beyond Alaska’s borders.
As far as their sound – it’s kind of hard to pin down. Lots of bands claim they transcend genres – but this usually turns out to be more of an identity crisis. “DIVIDES plays sort of fast and loose with genres to begin with,” says Daniella Cortez of the Anchorage Press.
DIVIDES, however, is pretty confident in their identity. Think Paramore meets Deftones. The most intriguing aspect of DIVIDES is their musical dichotomy between metal and pop rock. Vocalist CJ Marie flits between a powerful belting voice and a passionate scream effortlessly; while guitarist Bryan’s influences range across the board. Regardless of what influence they’re tapping into at the moment, the band simply sounds like themselves.
DIVIDES formed and began writing in a short span of time – and then went for the throat of the Anchorage music scene. In less than a year, the band had amassed a loyal local following and earned slots on several massive shows around the state. In August 2013, the group moved from their home in Alaska and relocated to Portland, Oregon, following in the footsteps of fellow Alaskans, 36 Crazyfists & Portugal. The Man.
Long term goals? It’s become a faux-pas for a musician to expound on their dreams of playing for thousands of screaming fans. The difference between DIVIDES and every other local dreamer is that the quintet is doing it. On every level, whether it’s 50 kids in a warehouse, or 5,000 in an arena, DIVIDES is determined to share their music and connect with their fans at a higher level.
Deliciously tranquil mood driven Rock, New York based Audio Revival, sport a soothing vocal combined with weighty and hard hitting drums as their foundation. Founded in 2012, the group is still very early in their career, yet have a polished edge to them and a look that’s hard to argue. In a genre defined by hooks, this band succeeds in creating an almost easy listening atmosphere to its records. Background listening or immersion both work for their record. Their use of harmonies occasionally give a subtle nod to greats like Queen. Give these guys a listen…see what you think.
[Official Bio] Audio Revival is a rock band formed in early 2012 in New York City. Following in the footsteps of the chieftains of the day such as Muse, the Black Keys and Foo Fighters, they seek to uphold the rock institution.
Audio Revival’s sound is founded on the plethora of influences engrained in them by the music of their formative years and parents’ record collections. Through various styles, they leave no stone unturned in their quest to deliver something identifiable yet unparalleled.
A strong trio of musicians drives Audio Revival’s signature sound. Ben DeFusco mans lead guitar with peerless skill, while bassist Chad Flaherty and drummer Steve Purcell deliver a driving pocket. The three have developed strong chemistry while playing together for the past five years, fueling lead singer Jake Flaherty. Flaherty’s powerful voice and high-energy stage presence round out the band, creating a truly unique, powerful quartet. You can find them on the web at www.audiorevival.com, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and www.reverbnation.com/audiorevival
Feel good Hard Rock is something difficult to find and to pull off. Bands are typically left as one or the other. I Ignite, hailing from Long Island, has done a solid balancing act, combining elements of Pop Punk and Hard Rock, which results in aggressive guitars and an almost danceable tune. If they’re able to craft a truly memorable hook and chorus that sticks with the listener, they could become a Warped Tour staple type band. If you like what you hear, give them a listen on Facebook, Twitter, or Reverbnation.
[Official Bio] The buzz surrounding Long Island 5 piece punk/metal/rock band I Ignite has been loud, proud, and overwhelmingly positive! Stemming from their first performance in December 2011, people have only been asking for more of what originally began as the brainchild and creative outlet for For The Taking/A Farewell Fire guitarist Eddie Raccioppi; the music that first began appearing on his personal Facebook music page has now exploded into a full band live show experience.
After years of paying dues as a stellar ax-man and astute songwriter in clubs and bars all over Long Island and New York City with his former bands, Eddie has laid down his guitar and traded up for a microphone, assembling some of the best musicians on Long Island who have come to truly believe in the new music and round out the project that’s really turning some heads. The members of I Ignite are comprised of veteran members from some of the Island’s best local acts under and ON the radar including: For The Taking, Aprils End, Blameshift, The New Black, and The Apparition.
“I Ignite is about life and lessons learned”, says vocalist Eddie Raccioppi who wrote and recorded the bands 8 song CD on his own. His most recent songs, “Without You” and “Falling”, are already on heavy east coast terrestrial and local Internet radio station rotation. 2012 looks to be a very promising year for I Ignite with new music, photo shoots, and a music video lined up for the band before the start of the summer months. I Ignite bring to the table a refreshing level of energy, heart, and excitement that some bands lack in today’s commercial music industry. It shows in their music, and how they play it as they continue to take the stage and continually “wow” audiences every time.