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Jerry Folk shares emotive double single  ‘sadsongwtf/ All The Things’

Jerry Folk, Lauryn Hill, Sevdaliza, SBTRKT and SZA
Jerry Folk, Lauryn Hill, Sevdaliza, SBTRKT and SZA

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Ascending mountains of music, producer Jerry Folk has chiseled out a spot for himself, two tracks at a time, releasing his latest double single ‘sadsongwtf/ All The Things’ under the Folkestad Recordings imprint. You may know the artist as FENGSEL, his alternate alias, and recall that, under the moniker, he explored the boundaries of percussive instrumentation, playing with retro tropes and drum breaks that he, in all likelihood, sourced from the golden age of hip hop.

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The Norwegian Grammy winner keeps it classic with his latest release, utilizing a strong trap rhythm reminiscent of the early 2010s. In the low end, the snares knock with a distinctive woodblock texture while the high end cuts through the mix, ensuring that an upper tear level of energy is maintained throughout the length of both tracks. 

​​Read our previous feature on Jerry Folk – ‘U Got It’ here

With circumstances changing around him, Jerry Folk has had to adapt, adjusting his sound to suit his experience. He tells us, “‘Sadsongwtf / All the things’ is a double single and the second release towards my upcoming project Castle Tapes. It further plays with the palette I’ve been inspired to use the last years and is a result of me wanting to create things with high energy coming out of covid. Probably because of the lack of input I got from going out and things like that”.

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Capo Corleone & Kuba Więcek releases dope visuals for ‘Brakes’

Capo Corleone & Kuba Więcek Vic Mensa and Cozz
Capo Corleone & Kuba Więcek Vic Mensa and Cozz

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Capo Corleone is an international recording artist and music executive based out of Los Angeles. As the CEO of the highly successful C2 Management and founder and former CEO of Tree4ort Records, his musical endeavors shine bright. The alternative hip-hop artist has solidly embossed himself in global success, honing his international collaboration and artist development like no other. 

His latest single ‘Brakes’ in collaboration with notable Polish jazz musician and global producer Kuba Więcek sees the unlikely pairing joining forces to create a hybrid between jazz and hypnotic hip-hop. Blending two worlds blissfully together, “Brakes” showcases transit-inspired melodies, energetic vocal energy and electronic euphony. Initiating their recording ventures virtually, they finally took to the studio in Warsaw to record their latest release. They explain, “It was really magical how quickly we worked together and clicked – we were really inspired by each other and it showed.”

 Raised on West Coast artists like Snoop Dogg, 2pac, E-40 and Nate Dogg, Corleone’s latest single “Brakes” epitomizes that ‘on the go’ feeling that never seems to ease up, exploring the idea that you’re running without brakes or the ability to stop. Corleone explains, “The place and time definitely influenced the writing and attitude of my flow and performance. “Running with no brakes on” as I say in the song was exactly how I had been feeling moving from city to city.” Igniting inspiration to live a life of your own accord, “Brakes” is just the first chapter of Corleone’s and Więceks’ upcoming EP Thank Myself, exploring unparalleled self-gratitude to one’s own accomplishments, remaining strong and succeeding despite life’s obstacles. 

Sky-rocketing to a charted position in the Apple iTunes Hip Hop Charts ahead of artists like Drake, Kanye and Eminem, Capo Corleone continues to garner huge success. He also wrote the walk-out song for European boxing champion Nina Meinke, bringing Corleone’s choruses to television screens around the globe. Paired with Więcek’s successful collaborations with Warner Music Poland, and critical acclaim from the likes of Downbeat, they’re shaping the sound of the future. 

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Jerry Folk produces trap rhythms in latest song

Lauryn Hill, SBTRKT, Jerry Folk, SZA
Lauryn Hill, SBTRKT, Jerry Folk, SZA

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From a brilliant mind that is making his mark in the electronic music scene, comes a unique blend of old-school and new school with new genre-bending release from Jerry Folk. The producer takes one on a journey through the early 2000s with a final pit stop in the 2020’s with his latest masterfully crafted single ‘U Got It’ via Folkestad Recordings. Featuring an intro that is parallel to the likes of Lauryn Hill, this track immediately draws one in with an upbeat and nostalgic sound perfectly juxtaposed with its distinctly modern elements. The sounds of the synth paired with liquid-smooth vocals create an all-around entrancing vibe that compels one to hit replay again and again. 

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Folk elaborates on the story behind the song: “As I’ve gotten older I’ve become more aware of how I get drawn to certain palettes over periods of time and how I can use this to make more cohesive projects. Thinking more conceptually about my sound choices and moods gives me a bigger feeling of purpose when making music. “Got It” is a result of the last couple of years where I’ve been drawn toward mediaeval-sounding things. Harpsichords, worn instruments, simple, folky (no pun intended) sounding music. It’s the first single from my upcoming project “Castle Tapes” and it captures a lot of the palette that has been inspiring me the last couple of years. Hope you enjoy it!”

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With a distinct neo-soul influence, this song pays homage to two different eras of music by combining that distinctly y2k sound and seamlessly blending it with an electric beat. The result is a refreshing blend of today’s electronic sounds with yesteryear’s vocals.

‘U Got It’ features on the Spotify playlist DARK_GROUND.fm

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Trap musician Post Malone shares ‘Cooped Up’ music video

G-Easy, Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign
G-Easy, Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign

Gearing up for yet another landmark season, GRAMMY® Award-nominated RIAA diamond-certified Dallas, TX artist Post Malone has just dropped the video for his new single “Cooped Up” [with Roddy Ricch] via Mercury Records/Republic Records. 

It heralds the arrival of his fourth full-length offering and the summer’s most-anticipated record, Twelve Carat Toothache, on June 3, 2022. Pre-order/pre-save Twelve Carat Toothache. It stands out as his first full-length in three years since the triple-platinum Hollywood’s Bleeding crashed the Billboard Top 200 at #1.

To kick off the album campaign, Post performed on Saturday Night Live at the weekend, the artists first appearance on the celebrated show. 

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Next music production tech giant, Soundwide available now

Native Instruments, iZotope, Sound Stacks, Soundwide
Native Instruments, iZotope, Sound Stacks, Soundwide

Technology, where would we be without it in a pandemic-riddled world? Especially with the music industry taking a lot of the heat and live performances ever-so-slowly picking up in the last few months after a 2-year gap and decline. Producers have managed to keep the fire burning with software and music tech from names like iZotope and Native Instruments. 

These two uniquely built music technology systems joined together last year and now have created a parent company called Soundwide, which will host these brands along with other names like Plugin Alliance, Brainworx, and the newly launched Sound Stacks.

Sound Stacks was engineered by the minds of Cesare Ferrari and Julian Store, and acts as a framework application for all these brands to work efficiently together. Definitely an exciting launch and a new way of working alone and collaborating from afar with minimal distributions. 

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Hip-hop artist Sean Paul shares ‘How We Do It’ music video with Pia Mia

Omarion , T-Pain, pia mia, Sean Paul
Omarion , T-Pain, pia mia, Sean Paul

Ready for another scorching season, multi-award-winning Billboard chart topper Sean Paul returns with a brand new single and music video entitled “How We Do It” featuring multi-platinum artist Pia Mia via Island Records. Listen to it HERE. Watch the music video HERE.

Of the release, Sean shared “This new single “How We Do It” is our way to show the listeners, how we dance, how we enjoy life, and how we stay fresh. Big up to Pia Mia, when we started recording this track we knew right away we wanted her on this single and she hit it out the park.”

The track pops off as an international anthem. Its energy dips in and out of island-inflected dancehall beats, slick R&B, and swaggering pop. Sean Paul leans into the production with a smooth and slick flow before multiplatinum artist, actress, and presence Pia Mia counters with an instantly unforgettable chorus. The accompanying visual, directed by Briana Gonzales, seamlessly translates this vibe to the screen as their chemistry instantly sizzles. Bathed in colorful spotlights, a gang of dancers surrounds Sean Paul and Pia Mia in a shallow pool. As water splashes, one showstopping dance routine after another transfixes. It notably serves as a reunion since Sean Paul appeared on the remix of Pia Mia’s “Hot” two years ago. Once again, he has ignited a genre-breaking global banger of epic proportions.

Most importantly, it sets the stage for more music and surprises from Sean Paul in 2022. For now, rock to “How We Do It!”

Meanwhile, his single “Dynamite” ft. Sia has eclipsed 26.8 million Spotify streams and 6 million YouTube views on the futuristic music video.  “Dynamite” marked a highly anticipated follow-up collaboration between the genre-bending artists since their smash hit “Cheap Thrills,” also produced by Greg Kurstin, which has generated over 1.6 billion YouTube views since its 2016 release.

Sean recently earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Reggae Album for his 7th studio album Live N Livin, which was released earlier this year. The album is a collaborative celebration of his Jamaican heritage and dancehall roots in which Sean trades the mic with Buju Banton and Damian Marley. Dancehall can be stereotyped as a competitive, macho space where sound clashes are king, but Live N Livin set out to emphasize what’s possible when unity is the goal. “We don’t need to divide our fans to attain the rotations on the airwaves or streams,” Sean says. “I hold this album very dear to my heart because it shows the effort of collaboration over confrontation.”

Last week, Sean announced 2022 U.S. Scorcha tour dates that will include features from his 8th studio album set to release later in the year. Returning to the stage following two years since touring due to the pandemic, he is eager and excited to reconnect with his fans live and in person. See full tour routing below.

Throughout his career, the international superstar has carved a home for himself while championing dancehall, as being an artist with a unique sound, look and passion. His ability to show the power and unity in music through various collaborations, across many genres has catapulted his career over the years on various charts, awards and with an enormous fanbase. Effectively Sean has brought that same concept back to his own genre and collaborated with some of his colleagues in reggae and dancehall, highlighting that together we can also make great music.

Sean Paul U.S. Dates:

05/14/22 Las Vegas NV – Lovers & Friends

05/15/22 Las Vegas NV – Lovers & Friends

05/27/22 Los Angeles California – The Novo

05/29/22 Monterey California – Monterey Fairgrounds

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Hip-hop musician Apex God shares compelling song ‘Sugar Ray’

Merkules, Jelly Roll, Sugar Ray
Merkules, Jelly Roll, Sugar Ray

Apex God emerges with hard-hitting bars and a variety of beats in new single ‘Sugar Ray’. Having started rapping in 2017, Apex God dropped freestyles on YouTube, and now has music across all platforms. Taking the town of Missoula by storm, Apex God founded a record label with other local talents. Their record label has amassed over 500,000 streams and embraces an old-school, ugly style of rap that always leaves the listener wanting more.

Speaking about the new release, Apex God shares, “Feeling like you are the GOAT. It talks about combining defensive masterminds like Sugar Ray, Ali, and Mayweather, With offensive powerhouses like Joe Frazier and Mike Tyson. That’s how I rap, light on my feet yet a heavy hitter. It goes hand in hand with the mixtape I’m dropping next month.”

Sugar Ray” is a fierce, hip-hop number that comes across as adventurous and hard-hitting. Adding to how the track was created, Apex God shares, “I was making beats and I liked this one, I knew I wanted to do a mixtape with a boxing theme so I decided to write about some of my favorite boxers to get started.”

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Successful rapper Nicki Minaj shares ‘Do We Have a Problem?’ music video

Missy Elliot, Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj
Missy Elliot, Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj

The most successful female rapper of all time, diamond-selling hip-hop icon Nicki Minaj returns with her mega-anticipated new single and music video “Do We Have a Problem?” [feat. Lil Baby]. 

Directed by Benny Boom, the cinematic video sees Joseph Sikora and Cory Hardrict co-star alongside Minaj and Lil Baby. The clip centers around a high-octane bank heist with big screen-worthy production.

In celebration of the release, Nicki took over the Clipper’s game at Crypto.com Arena, painting it pink and giving unsuspecting fans a first listen of the new single. The Clippers Spirit welcomed the icon with a performance to her RIAA certified diamond selling single “Super Bass” and bestowed her with her own personalized jersey.  Continuing her cultural infiltration, she also stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden.

“Do We Have a Problem?” only hints at a whole lot more to come.

Nicki Minaj is back, and it’s the best kind of problem…

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Alternative hip-hop artist Wax Tailor releases magical single

Wax Tailor, Mick Jenkins, Nightmares on Wax, DJ Shadow, RJD2 and Avalanches

Award winning artist Wax Tailor’s latest single ‘No More Magical’ via Lab’oratoire featuring Mick Jenkins is set to be a hit, from Mick Jenkins’ head bobbing flow to Wax Tailor’s beat which seems to have a reggae taste to it, the track grips attention and enables relaxation. It has been a year since Wax Tailor released his album The Shadow Of Their Suns  (catch our break down on the LP here) the single ‘No More Magical’ is just the beginning as Wax Tailor is working a new project set for 2022 release, with the code name: Fishing for Accidents.

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“I started this track with almost everything in mind music-wise, I had a bittersweet mood, then I added this chorus gimmick “Its No More Magical”. Afterwards, I suggested to Mick Jenkins that we collaborate. I wanted this counterweight with a lighter chorus and I knew his writing and deep flow would hit the spot.” – Wax Tailor 

Mick Jenkins has been in the rap scene for the past 10 years and over time has worked with some great artists such as Kaytranada, Ghostface Killah, Disclosure and Chance The Rapper amongst others. Mick Jenkins shows why he’s been making waves in the industry for the past ten years with the way he lays out his verse on Wax Tailor’s latest single. It could be due to the way he’s able to project images with his words and his ability to let the words just flow with the beat. Mick Jenkins is signed to distinguished label Cinematic. During his carrer Mick Jenkins has earned support from the likes of Medium, NPR, Rolling Stone, NME,  to name a few. In total, Mick Jenkins has collected over 250 million plays across platforms.

‘No More Magical ft. Mick Jenkins’ features on the Spotify playlist AFRO_GROUND

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R&B singer Flyght Club shares ‘Quaalude’ music video

Sampha, Daniel Caesar, Flyght Club
Sampha, Daniel Caesar, Flyght Club

Image credit:  Shauvik Sharan

Flyght Club is the contemporary musical project of Indian artist Shauvik Sharan. Having moved to Los Angeles to pursue his music career, Flyght Club’s music demonstrates his extreme versatility, exploring a multitude of genres and themes, with every song being made to cater to different moods and emotions, essentially leaving him unchained from the boundaries of musical genres.

Originally from Pune, India, Sharan grew up on classic rock artists such as Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd, all of which contributed to his strong foundation in music and inspired him to pick up and master the guitar. His time spent in Los Angeles allowed him to master the art of production and engineering, as well as singing and songwriting, shaping him as the artist he is today. 

His latest single “Quaalude” narrates succumbing to a moment of weakness and regrettably ending up hurting someone who you love dearly. The accompanying music video further portrays this story, with Sharan confiding, “I came up with a story where a guy is left to himself as his girlfriend goes on a work trip. Seeing this as an off day, he agrees to meet up with his college buddy and go partying. Before hitting the club, they decide to take quaaludes. The guy ends up meeting a girl and going over to her place before blacking out. The guy wakes up the next day with no memory of the previous night and feeling guilty about having cheated on his girlfriend. He finds himself tied to a bed. The girl from the night before turns out to be a satanist and plans to sacrifice the guy for a ritual. I found this situation so interesting to write about as it also brought in instant karma and crazy repercussions to cheating.”

This lapse of judgment is conveyed through sensual instrumentation reminiscent of The Weeknd. Featuring vocals from fellow artist Brandt, “Quaalude” emits a laid back, sluggish vibe. A slightly off-beat ticking sound that plays throughout the track represents being under the influence of a slow sedative drug such as a Quaalude, where time flows slower and switches pulses, leading to a false sensation of two separate streams of time flowing simultaneously. 

With an ever-growing fanbase, Flyght Club has performed at prestigious venues across Los Angeles and continues to forge ahead with a slew of releases set to drop next year.

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