With her soaring voice, Kanye West affiliate Danielle Balbuena, AKA 070 Shake, has a knack of investing productions with boundless freedom. She cracks West’s 2018 track Ghost Town wide open with a yearning, melodic nostalgia, and on her 2020 debut Modus Vivendi, the New Jersey-born rapper croons through everything from forlorn synthpop to bass-heavy rhythm.
On the heels of her successful album tour 070 Shake shares a new visualizer for the album track, “Blue Velvet”, directed by her creative companions, C.O.R.E. The new visual directly follows her highly-anticipated sophomore album, You Can’t Kill Me, released to widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings earlier this month.
Having been touring since she was a teenager with both her own bands, and in others, including Sleater-Kinney, Wild Beasts, Flock Of Dimes, and Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett All of these experiences have informed Harkin’s sound, morphing into an intricate formation of essential alt-rock and experimental alternative
“Body Clock” is the lead outing from Harkin‘s new album, and arrives with a video game-inspired video by Pastel Castle.
Ellyn Woods is a multi-disciplinary artist currently based in Montréal. Her art and music are a direct reflection of her love for nature and all things organic. Her gentle indie-folk EP, Sound of Home, was independently released in June 2017. Since 2015, she has worked closely with Montréal duo Sterling Grove, releasing several singles including “Sound of Home”, “La Vigie”, & “In the Backyard”. In 2019, she travelled to northern Québec to record an album with them, which was released in 2020. She has released her debut album in 2020, which delivers dreamy pop vocals & electronic beats.
Rising Seattle-born and now LA-based musician Tierra Umi Wilson (better known as just UMI) is a perfect embodiment of her middle name, which translates to “ocean” in Japanese. Her music—an amalgamation of lo-fi beats, intense soul, and poignantly simple lyricism—radiates a quiet and compelling peace, not unlike that found in breaking ocean waves. And being half-Black and half-Japanese, UMI has rooted her identity in fluidity. It should come as no surprise, then, that breaking barriers in music seems to come naturally for her.
The Californian artist, who emerged as a dazzling figure of synth-pop with gothic overtones in the 2010s, has been announcing her second album, Masochism, for over five years. Three years on since the release of her last single ‘Downhill Lullaby’, Sky Ferreira is back with new track ‘Don’t Forget’. (Hopefully) the first taste of the long-awaited follow up to debut ‘Night Time, My Time’,
Toronto artist GRAE may be inspired by 80’s new wave, but the singer-songwriter is taking a fresh approach to pop, blending the light-hearted inclinations of new wave with indie-led guitar and dreamy bedroom pop vocals. This sound has culminated in the sparkling debut album ‘Whiplash’. Out now, ‘Whiplash’ is GRAE’s nostalgic contemplation of the multitudes of love, mirrored by a polished, yet composite sound.