It’s Music Monday and coming fresh off of the Billboard Music Awards I think it’s time to shed light not on any one artist or group, but a few local or emerging artists with fresh tracks and good vibes. So let’s highlight them! Here are our MajorHiFi Music Monday Spotlight Playlist.
MajorHiFi Music Monday Spotlight Playlist
Topaz Jones – Rap (New Age Funk)
The young lyricist out of New Jersey delivers thoughtful lyrics over the funkiest of beats. Influenced by his dad who was a funk musician and grandmother who formed a Motown group with her siblings, Jones’ music is brazen with funky overtones and laced with hints of ne-yo soul while his voice is all his own – smooth, distinct, and a little pithy. As of April 7th, Jones released a double-sided “tape” if you will with new singles “Cotton Fields” and “For The Better.” Taking to Facebook he wrote, “Cotton Fields & For The Better out now everywhere! 3rd and final installment of A Side/B Side. hope y’all dig it.”
Verite – Alt-Pop
New York’s very own alt-pop artists Verite is constantly lighting up the stage. Her effortless ability to sweep through low to high octaves over pulsing synths and dynamic treble makes for fun and easy listening (as well as singing along). With lyrics about love lost and growing into her own, Verite’s latest album “Somewhere In Between” showcases a darker and more mature artist. I’m here for it and you’ll probably be too. As are some of the top DJs, like R3hab, who remixed “Trouble” for a dancier vibe. Take a listen to her single “Phase Me Out” before she pops up at Billboard Hot 100 Festival this August.
Animal Years – Country
Looking for the fun-lovin’ toe-tapping country music that borders rock and pop somehow? Think The Lumineers and Sam Hunt. Well, Animal Years delivers just that. Their head-bobbing acoustic melodies paired with the sweet cries of the lead singer Mike McFadden make for perfect radio hits about nostalgia. This hipster band make tracks that either tug on your heart strings or make you want to dance in circles… or do both. Check out their track “Caroline” and let us know what reaction you have down below.
OWEL – Alt-Rock
A blend of soft (almost hushed) vocals from front-man Jay Sakong over alt-rock melodies, haunting keys, and moody synthesizers make for a unique and alluring listening experience with OWEL. The now four-part band delivers pained lyrics over a moody alt-rock indie vibe in their latest track “Too Young To Fall In Love.” The group is currently on tour in the midwest. If you won’t have a chance to see them live, definitely allow them to give you all the feels in the music video for TYTFIL below.