New Release: OBaH- Cross Fade EP

 

New York DJ/Producer OBaH releases his debut EP, Cross Fade, today with three new tracks- two originals and one remix. The new material finds OBaH slightly stepping away from his Funk & Soul roots and into the realm of Dance music. The sound is dominated by heavy dance drums and percussive elements while being highly melodic. He delivers a rich and classic sound that is sure to garner your attention and get your body moving.

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Interview + New Release: 5 Questions with Sidewalk Chalk

 

Sidewalk Chalk releases the new album, Leaves, today and hit the road over the weekend on their North American tour. We dropped five questions to Charlie Coffeen (keys) on the day of his hometown release show in Chicago. New Yorkers will have a second chance to see the 8-piece in action on Thursday night at Brooklyn’s Cameo Gallery. Details here and enter to win tickets here. A full list of tour dates are here.

Your new album, Leaves, drops today. Can you tell our readers what they can expect to hear?

Leaves is raw. We’re pushing our limits with sound, emotions, our writing…all of it. The album marks the evolution of not only our music, but us as people.

An MC, a vocalist, keys, bass, drums, horns, and even a tap dancer, how did Sidewalk Chalk come to be?

Sidewalk Chalk formed in Chicago and was born at Columbia College. As we added the pieces, everything seemed to fall into place. The group formed out of everyone’s individual love for music and creating, and wanting to put those elements together to create something.

What artists do you find influence your sound, whether they are legends from the past or contemporary artists?

There is so much J Dilla influence in the rhythm section. He changed the way we hear music and hear rhythms. Otherwise, there are a lot of D’angelo’s Voodoo-esque production elements on the new album. We’re influenced by so much music that’s coming out right now – Snarky Puppy, Robert Glasper, Hiatus Kaiyote, Janelle Monae…all of that stuff.

You are about cross North America on a tour. We imagine that being a group of 8 people, traveling can be quite a task. What is the road situation like?

We just got a new ride (a converted school bus) so we will have more space on this tour than any of the others. We make it work. We all hang out and kick it, but it’s obvious when somebody needs some room to chill, read, be by themselves, and everybody appreciates that.

What have been some of your favorite cities or venues to play and which shows are you most looking forward to playing on this current run?

There are a few spots that we absolutely love playing every time we go – Lincoln (Nebraska), St. Louis, Nashville, Cincinnati, Fort Wayne (Indiana). They’re always so live. We’re hitting a ton of new cities on this tour, mainly in Canada and the Northwest, so we’re really excited to get up there and rock for them.

Purchase Leaves on iTunes / Amazon / Google Play.

New Release: Phranchyze – 3

 

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Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest kicks off tomorrow, and the local hip-hop scene will be repped by the one and only Phranchyze. As the winner of several rap battle competitions and a top Austin artist honoree for multiple years from the Austin Chronicle, he is poised to break on a national level. Last week, Phranchyze dropped a new release, titled 3. Stream select tracks below and download for free on Bandcamp.

Phranchyze performs at FFF Fest on Friday at 12:10pm on the Blue Stage. View the full lineup here.

New Release: Shapeshifter- Delta

 

New Zealand’s Shapeshifter drops its 5th studio album, Delta, in the U.S. today. The five piece is ready to make an impact in the U.S. having already dominated their home country with multi-platinum sales and several awards. Success isn’t just limited amongst the Kiwis, as they have sold-out performances across Europe and joined the lineup at several major festivals including Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Big Day Out and Parklife.

Be sure to check out the group’s new video for the track “In Colour.”

Buy Delta iTunes / Amazon / Google Play

(Stream via Vibe)

New Release: A K U A- One’s Company

 

Montreal’s A K U A drops her 5 track debut EP today. One’s Company offers a solid introduction to a talent that flawlessly mixes alt-soul and electronic soundscapes. While she has played special release shows in Canada the last couple of days, she returns to the stage in Brooklyn on June 5th at The Flat. Stream the EP in full below, and if you haven’t checked out the video for “Gravity,” it is a must-see.

Purchase One’s Company iTunes / Amazon / Google Play