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Divus Julius presents: Tai Verdes

Three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Tai Verdes was an essential worker with a 9-to-5 job at an LA Verizon Wireless store. Now he has one of the biggest viral hits in the US, hailed by The New York Times as one of the “Best Songs of 2020.”

After posting a series of TikTok videos, Tai’s breakout single “Stuck In The Middle” took flight hitting #1 on Spotify’s US viral chart (and 22 International Charts) and has since amassed more than 80 million streams and over 2.6 million TikTok creations, which have been viewed over 3 billion times since the songs release in late May 2020.

Tai’s newest single “A-O-K” is on track to follow the same path, having notched more than 40 million views of the teaser and nearly 100,000 pre-saves before the feel good anthem’s release earlier this month. The 25-year-old may have won the TikTok lottery, but he’s playing the long game. And he’s playing for keeps.

Music by Bergman: Dylan Cartlidge

23-year-old Dylan Cartlidge is a multi-talented singer, rapper and instrumentalist having worked with James Dring (Jamie T, Gorillaz) and St Francis Hotel (producers of Scratch, Sniff). 

Dylan Cartlidge‘s optimism is infectious. The musician overcame a tremendous amount of adversity and realized his goal to make music for a living at the end of it. His ability to elicit a smile and laugh is undeniable; you just can’t help but root for him. Cartlidge’s debut album, Hope Above Adversity, was released in July of this year. It’s filled with uplifting anthems that sonically jump from pop, to funk, to hip hop.

Introducing…Nightshifts

Nightshifts is the recording project of Toronto-based songwriter Andrew Oliver. Oliver has worked magic across vintage synths, groovy guitars, and drum machines during late-night recording sessions to create soulful and cosmic pop tunes.

When he was 9 years old, Andrew Oliver—a.k.a. Toronto-based songwriter and producer Andrew Oliver—met his hero The Game outside a hotel and got a pic with the MC as a memento. Now, two decades later, he’s recruited the West Coast rap icon to spit bars on his new single, “20s.”

The full-circle track is breezy slice of funk-pop with shades of Tame Impala, featuring a hushed hook by Nightshifts and some slick, party-ready bars by The Game. It’s a feel-good tune with a feel-good backstory.



4Ever Songs: Nena “99 Red Balloons”

In 1983, the musical world was taken with Nena, a German band whose one hit had an infectious synth bass line, changing tempos and mysterious lyrics about balloons accidentally causing World War III.

“99 Luftballons” and its English-translated counterpart, “99 Red Balloons,” was a monster smash for the pop group, hitting No. 2 on the U.S. Hot 100 behind Van Halen’s “Jump” — the highest position for a West German band since “Fly, Robin, Fly” by Silver Convention spent three weeks at No. 1 in 1975.

The muses of La Musa: Deap Vally

Deap Vally are a rock duo formed in Los Angeles, California, USA in 2011. The group consists of Lindsey Troy (guitar, vocals) and Julie Edwards (drums). In the heart of Silver Lake, California, Edwards met Troy at a needlework class. They bonded over their love of music, specifically the blues and hence, Deap Vally debuted in 2011 with a primal mix of hard rock and greasy blues riffs, like The White Stripes colliding with the The Black Keys.

After releasing their Digital Dream EP in February, Deap Vally are back with their new album MARRIAGE.