New Release: xlsrebelsx – ‘desire’ EP


Long Beach producer and singer/songwriter xlsrebelsx earlier this month dropped his marvelously diverse desire EP. Spanning rock, folk, soul, electronic, hip hop, and funk, there’s really something for everyone here. “Sinnaman” with Blu feels like a mix between Esthero, CharlieRED, The Child of Lov, and Outkast; we’re loving every bit of it.

Video: Sophia Bastian – “Breaking”


Rich and raspy soul like this needs to exist more. Sophia Bastian today released her sultry all red and black video for “Breaking” – totally captivating.

Her voice kinda reminds us of Rebecca Ferguson mixed with a little Esthero pizazz and some otherness we can only sum up as pure goodness. She’s taking us to all kinds of places right now.

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New Track: Esthero – “Over”


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Thank you, thank you, thank you! Remember that sassy lassie named Esthero? We sure do. She has a new album coming you – did you know that?! It’s called Everything is Expensive and is apparently coming out this fall. Above, hear “Over” from the upcoming project – an uncharacteristically slower, acoustic vibed track in the vein of Feist. Esthero is doing it! So excited.

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Video: Kimbra: “Two Way Street” (Lyric Video)


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Remember when we all collectively lost our minds to that crazy crazy live performance Kimbra put on at the Spotify House at SXSW this year? Yeah.

Today, we have a cutesy lyric video from the super talented gal. The song is called “Two Way Street” and reminds us of a more flowery Esthero.

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February Next Step Contest Honorary Mentions


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As the submissions for our March Next Step contest come to a close tomorrow, we want to share some of our favorite submissions from February in this “honorary mentions” post. Y’all made it rough last month – here’s to another great month!

Our February Next Step Contest Honorary Mentions:

DC based “soul garage” band Black Alley. In the video above, the young group rips covers of Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Nirvana in their poignant dedication to “Club 27.”

Psaul, a collaboration between Swedish singer/songwriter Paul Mac Innes and producer Stray. The sound is pop sensible electro-soul with a retro vibe. Below, you can get down to the sunny “Change” and on Soundcloud catch a super funky cover of Chaka Khan and Rick James’ “Slow Dancin’” featuring the dynamic Karma Stewart.

New York based singer, songwriter, and producer Cilla K. has certainly got something special. With a darling lilting character to her voice that makes you feel at home and a jazzy soul sound that’s playfully offbeat, her vocal style is airy and refreshing like Amel Larrieux, her production hinges on that ever-nostalgic Esthero vibe, and her left-field play with music touches on Sonnymoon. Her most recent release, New World Lullabies, feels just like it sounds. Listen to “You Know Me Better” below and let your worries fall away.

And again, you can still submit to be considered for March!

Don’t miss Backpack Jax and Kimberly Nichole after the jump!