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New Track: "Honey" - Aphra

Journey with Aphra into the ether with her new track "Honey," which Rebecca Waychunas premiered yesterday in her interview for Stereogum's Artist To Watch. It's the latest single from her forthcoming EP Sadness Is A Gesture, due out digitally on February 28 and on vinyl in April via Inherent Sounds. Waychuna shared, "Tragedy and trauma are a huge part of my past. People need to know that about me before they get close to me." The album is "definitely about mourning" as she uses it partly to work through past difficult relationships. "In order to process trauma in your past, you have to see it, you have to look at it, you have to talk about it. Whether it's with a therapist or through art or with just a friend." You can share in her healing process when Aphra performs at her record release show on Wednesday, March 8 at The Barbary with Brooklyn's The Undercover Dream Lovers.





Best of Nashville Hip Hop/Electronic Acts: Soft Bodies and Truitt

Our Best of Nashville 2017 poll began last week with the Hip Hop/Electronic category and after you-the-people cast your vote, we have the results to share with you!

Overall Poll winner (Jurors vote + Readers' vote): Soft Bodies

Readers' Poll Winner (Readers' Vote only): Truitt

Both Soft Bodies and Truitt craft music that bores right down into the soul. Soft Bodies' dancy, psychedelic sonicsphere nestles right down into the subconscious. Mostly synth-based, their tunes set a mind and body to motion. Rhythm and melody meet in blissful arpeggiating crescendoes, weaved together with deep melanchology vocals that drive the songs forward. Soft Bodies claims the entire atmosphere of a space, setting a tone and collective motion. 

Truitt carries a more structured, pop orientation, influenced by electronic based pop production (take the newest Justin Bieber record, for example). The songs are symmetrical with traditional pop structuring and offer irresistable vocal hooks that seep into your head. Don't expect a uniform catalog of contemporary radio pop tunes with Truitt, however. Their songs offer a variety of production techniques and sampled instrumentation that shatter expectations and leave you waiting for the next one.

Honorable mentions go to Biyo and Jensen Sportag (tied for second in the overall chart) and PHANGS (second in the Readers' poll). The full list of nominees can be found under the streaming tracks. 

 

Here is the list of all the finalists in the Nashville Hip Hop/Electronic category and their readers' poll results:

 Biyo
  0%   7 votes
 Chill Witch
  4%   31 votes
 Facemajik
  0%   2 votes
 Foreign Fields
  0%   2 votes
 Jensen Sportag
  0%   0 votes
 Mike Floss
  0%   1 vote
 Nightblonde
  0%   2 votes
 PHANGS
  27%   199 votes
 Stealing Oceans
  0%   0 votes
 Soft Bodies
  0%   7 votes
 The Trinity Schill Kill
  0%   1 vote
 Truitt
  65%   476 votes
 




Zuli wins Readers' Poll for Emerging Indie Pop Artists, plays LPR on 02.16

The Best of NYC Indie Pop Readers' Poll ended last Friday and we have some results for ya'll!

The band Zuli, brainchild of the New York native Ryan Camenzuli, got the upper hand in that category's readers poll. The group plays well behaved pop in the tradition of the Beach Boys and Elvis Costello. Their debut EP "Supernatural Voodoo," filled with intoxicating melodies and witty lyrics, has been growing on us (and many other music fans) since its 2015 release. The band is playing Les Poisson Rouge on February 16th in a very "psych," all NYC bill including Monogold, Shana Falana and Dead Leaf Echo - that's actually a show sponsored by The Deli, do not miss! Check out the recent video for "Better All the Time," streaming below.

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Las Rosas tour Europe, play SXSW and then Baby's All Right on April 8th

In the crowded Brooklyn garage rock scene, Las Rosas stands out for catchiness, character. and authenticity. The band's profile has been rising quite a bit in 2016, so much so that they are currently on a European tour that take them through the Check Republic, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, the UK and the Netherlands. They'll be in Austin for SXSW with a show at Hotel Vegas on March 18th, and then back to NYC for a home performance at Baby's All Right on April 8th. Check out their recent video for single 'Boys,' streaming below.





Rejjie Snow drops “Crooked Cops” + lands Berlin residency in March

In anticipation of his three week residency at NYC club Berlin, UK artist Reggie Snow has dropped a highly political new video. The plodding beat provided by Kendrick Lamar producer Rahki is an unsettling backdrop for a disconcerting journey through the darkest alley of our justice system. Tish Hyman, a BX native with pipes of bristled gold, adds further fervor to the tenor of the track. Rejjie has a free art project in the works with Beast Coast magnate Joey Bada$$ called The Moon In You. Catch Rejjie at Berlin on March 1, 8, and 15. - BrokeMC

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