New Release: PYYRAMIDS – ‘Brightest Darkest Day’

 

We’ve been going nuts over this duo since the advanced stream dropped last week. PYYRAMIDS is killing it on their Brightest Darkest Day debut album, which you can hear below. The melodic indie music pulls together something evocative The Mynabirds, Nirvana, and The Kills all into one tasty delight.

Watch their video for “Paper Doll” above.

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!

New Track: Yuna – “Live Your Life”

 

Definitely one of our favorite voices right now – so refreshing, distinct with character. Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna recently released her inspiring “Live Your Life” single featuring production from none other than mister Pharrell Williams. The track is the first single from her upcoming self-titled album due this spring.

For those unfamiliar with Yuna, you absolutely must take a listen to her cover of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” after the jump.

Purchase “Live Your Life” on iTunes

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Watch the video for Yuna’s cover of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are” after the jump