Every so often, we step outside of our regular realm of sounds and gift our readers/listeners with something out of the ordinary. It keeps us, just as much as our readers, on our toes. We listen to so much, so, when we find a song that sounds unlike anything we’ve heard in recent days, we are eager to share it with the world. Today’s find comes from Natalie, an NY-based artist from Houston, and her new cut “100 Bands.” We’re going to keep it all the way real and give you three reasons why you should check it out.
Natalie knows her shit
Natalie grew up in both Chicago and Houston, meaning that she’s equally knowledgeable in drill music and the chopped and screwed scene. In a recent interview with ELEVATOR, she revealed that her music attempts to mix some of the stylings that she found in the DJ Screw tapes that she grew up on. There aren’t many people on this wave, so hearing that she’s learning from her influences should pique your interest.
Her sound is off the well-beaten path
Describing Natalie’s sound is a little harder than you could imagine. For all intents and purposes, lets just label it as “techno.” Natalie then brings in a number of creative touches that meld genres and make her music a product of all of them.
Her attention to detail is uncanny
Even something as simple as cover art, Natalie puts a hundred and ten percent in. “100 Bands”‘s cover continues a theme that her last project SHAMEFUL utilized – a simplistic item-centric cover system. Her songs also sound similar in a sense that she’s writing her own musical series – all of the pieces connect in their own special ways. That’s what makes her one of the most special artists you’ve heard recently.
Listen to “100 Bands” below.
Julz drops “Bad Habit”
Juels Acevedo, also known as “Julz”, is an American singer, dancer, and guitarist of Puerto Rican and Guatemalan descent. He spent his early years in New Jersey learning how to play various instruments by the age of 5. His mother picked up on his many talents and put him into a school for the arts. Some kids grow up practicing sports full time, but Juels wanted to be a star. Juels was recording music by the time he was 13, and eventually took on the Julz moniker when he began to take his music to the next level.
Although he began studying the likes of Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, and other classical rock and pop artists, he later progressed into a contemporary R&B and Urban Pop artist. Influenced by top tier artists such as Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, and Trey Songz, Juels found his own voice in the urban music realm. The sixteen-year-old talent showcases an agile vocality that projects a light-rasp in his pitch with feel-good melodies to compliment his undertones that are sonically vibrant in his music. After releasing his popular single, “Anything,” featuring Eric Bellinger in 2019, Juels plans to cultivate his audience under the direction of Blaq Tuxedo’s hit-making production for his next biggest hits yet, that includes “Bad Habit” in 2020.
Check out “Bad Habit” over on Apple Music.
Sic WithIt drops “U A Snitch”
Sic WithIt has released a raging new single, “U A Snitch” that features YBN Almighty Jay. Set to a decidedly Bay Area-influenced bounce, both rappers explore the harsh feelings that come with confronting a person that isn’t as real as they claim to be. The song, which comes with a music video that premieres next week, is an exhibition in emotion as musical inspiration, being one of the most intense songs, across all genres, that you’ll hear all year.
Check out “U A Snitch” over on Apple Music.
@cammurdochjams speaks to the black creatives on new song, “Stay Well”
Virginia rapper Cam Murdoch has an important message for black artists in the midst of the pandemic. It’s okay not to be at one hundred percent, and it’s understandable to not feeling like doing anything with so much going on. His new song “Stay Well” is about the importance of self care and it’s a necessary listen for anyone who’s feeling like they need a push in the right direction.
Check out “Stay Well” below.