Jordane - Is It Wrong?
Taking a moment to unwind and rewind with mellow instrumentals, a mid-tempo, and Jordane’s gently penetrating vocals that sink you into a reflective state, we have confessional verses with emotive clarity on her latest release, Is It Wrong?
We’ve got a crowd pleaser for all our RNB fans, and we’re certain Is It Wrong? will be sung in soft unison for those who relate and those allowing their thoughts to wonder.
Cue the sweet, flowing sounds and easygoing tones of Jordane; she twinkles in liquid blues, recalling a certain ghost that has been rumoured to return. All the emotions unravel, and there’s a pause that slows her world down to reflect on previous moments and ponder past promises made between herself and an ex-lover. Is It Wrong? echos the feeling of missing someone, getting caught in the memories, and releasing what has painfully expired.
"This song is about reflecting on our past relationships that started off as something so beautiful but had to take a different route. Some people are only in our lives for a season, and what they bring and add is very important to build the person we are today, which we may still miss." - Jordane
The seamlessly luring production comes as a triple threat created by the talented Jarrod Jeremiah, Adam Ricci, Dylan Guy. A special mention goes to Michael Elia on the mixing and Adam Ricci on the mastering.
"I worked with Jarrod Jeremiah for the main production, with some additions from Dylan Guy as well. We were really influenced by the classic RNB sounds of Lauryn Hill and artists such as Kehlani with the vocal tracking." - Jordane
Jordane is exploring her sound and building a community of listeners who will be treated to her evolution as of late. She has music, and it’s ready to be released shortly. While we wait with patience, go ahead and spin the block on the Is It Wrong? visuals directed by Dylan Guy and lock into our weekly updated playlist (link below).
Aerion Jackson - Empty Spaces
Falling, searching, and waiting for love to return, Aerion Jackson collides with her heart and chases a past connection, even though it seems a chance for reconciliation is blowing away in the wind on her lively uptempo release, Empty Spaces.
Aerion Jackson serves up soulfully sweet R'N'B tones that equalise the funky-filled instrumental radiating a hint of jazz with the springy piano elements. Empty Spaces teleports listeners down to buzzing Beale Street on a summery Friday afternoon.
She questions her need to chase while displaying an awareness of reality that is shortly blinded by her heart space amongst the empty space. It's a tug and pull of the sobering past let down versus a naive narrative that relishes in a fantasy for the future. There is no anchor in this gem, only fan-favourite relatability!
"The saying goes, 'Where words fail, music speaks'. I wrote Empty Spaces to express my feelings and find closure in a failing relationship. We can all relate to falling in love, trying to make a relationship work, then searching and waiting for the love that was lost to return. We can all relate to having a million reasons to leave a bad relationship but not knowing why we decide to stick around. While we’ve all heard a ballad on this subject, I wanted to bring an upbeat R&B spin that will have listeners dancing instead of crying over heartbreak." Aerion Jackson
In this case, if you feel like crying over the heartbreak, at least make it worthwhile and cry on the dance floor.
Producer Brian Nathan delivers a multifaceted sound, experimenting with numerous sounds of r&b, pop, jazz, and soul and blending them into one on Empty Spaces.
"The writing process started after listening to Runnin' by Pharcyde and Fallen by Mya; both sampled Stan Getz and Luiz Bonfá's Saudade Vem Correndo. As a singer who is rooted in jazz, it was important that the melody of the song include these elements. I teamed up with Aerion Jackson to help bring her lyrics to life. Along with the music production, I helped with vocal production; as with any R&B song, heavy background vocals complete the sound." - Brian Nathan
With summer around the corner for the Northern Hemisphere, Aerion Jackson has a handful of songs ready for release for this period. If you want more, don't miss a beat with Aerion Jackson's releases. Tune in to our rotation, follow us on social media, and keep Empty Spaces in your queue!
Liaden Zane - Not So Long Ago
Liaden Zane takes us beneath the glimmering seas and beyond the shooting stars as she graces us with a whirlwind of sweet innocence met with reminiscence on folk-pop hit, Not So Long Ago.
Wander into a musical forest rich in green hues where fairies glide over twinkly guitar vibrations and mellow melodies adorn a soul who's been through a fall. Liaden Zane catches hearts while sharing heartbreak over an uptempo acoustic.
Not So Long Ago is a gentle pull on the past where a moment of pondering rises into a vocal eruption of gentle agony. Liaden Zane delivers a poetically cosmic combustion, entailing a memory where the feeling of first love may not have felt as deep. It doesn't take away from the act of loving while young; however, it does put emotions in perspective, especially when personal growth comes into play.
"I wrote Not So Long Ago when I was 16, and I think you can hear it through the story; it's about that first moment in losing some of your young naiveté. I'd had my first case of what I thought love was at the time and had felt my first sting. It was me beginning to learn that sometimes things don't mean much more than what they mean (to quote the song). It was a completely non-bitter song about reflecting on a love you just recently had, deciphering between what was actually there and what was wishful thinking, and finally letting those feelings go to bed." - Liaden Zane
Not So Long Ago tunefully creates an escape into a fairytale-like frequency where guitar strings glow and vocals sparkle, and if you look up, you're bound to see a lit-up treehouse swaying to the instrumentals produced by Liaden and Bean Recordings.
"I worked with @beanrecordings for the production of this song. Dan took my guitar demo, saw my vision, and took it beyond my expectations. I had said that I wanted a bitter-sweet sound that just slowly swells like the ocean, which is referenced in the song until it breaks into this melancholia at the bridge. This was to represent how it can feel to digest your feelings; the beginning is like me trying to keep my cool and not be too hurt, but then this major swell of emotional outpour happens, and then by the final verse it's quiet, raw, and completely vulnerable as I enter resignation." - Liaden Zane
As we speak, Liaden is currently in the studio "recording and producing new music," which will be released in the near future. If you're ready to hear and witness Liaden Zane's growth, plug into her line while you play Not So Long Ago from our UNCVRD '23 Spotify playlist.
Pivoting onto the vicinity with consistency and refreshing lyrical delinquency, Sunny Roger is choosy - grinding it out like a smoothie with cadent eminency on his release They'll Know | You'll Know.
The evolution of Sunny Roger is as clear as the blue skies on a sunny day. From the moment of indulgence, listeners can enjoy double entendres that glaze over the bouncing sampled beat. His flow versatility is captivating, the hook? immensely entertaining! He shifts gears with every verse, revealing a lighthearted delivery wrapped in vulnerability. Sunny Roger is a god now, like Luffy. One Piece fans tap in.
"The first verse is really just me harnessing the chip on my shoulder and talking about my mindset towards life. I had to fill it with One Piece references to please my addiction, of course. The second verse is me addressing a situation with a particular person. I don’t hold back from writing about my experiences, so what you hear is what it is. No sugar coating." - Sunny Roger
When it's time, they'll know, but until then, we ALREADY know. To break it down, Sunny Roger is part of a trinity that crosses and connects Tyler the Creator to Ye. They'll Know | You'll Know is a creative burst of animated jubilation, and Sunny's sharpness keeps his competition on a swivel. He is the physical manifestation of 'if you don't take risks, you can't create a future'.
Keeping his future projects under wraps, fans can expect a single and video drop every month! Since this release, Sunny Roger has dropped another gem that we highly recommend listening to. It's aggressively high energy; like jumping into a boxing ring after mixing a vodka shot with espresso. The visuals of One Trick Pony are satisfying.
Tune into Sunny Roger for his upcoming drops, and join us in keeping They'll Know | You'll Know on rotation.
Crushing the game and living by the spirit, J$PH has not come to play, stray, or cause dismay; he naturally conveys an indomitable character, going in on this frequency-lifting track named after his album ‘Focus Yo Aim, Empty the Clip’.
To get specific, J$PH’s anatomy is different; his flow is chromatic; his style is elusive; his elevation is cultivated through vision and patience; and his delivery channels the Great Spirit of the one and only Nipsey Hussle with striking tonal layers. At this point, it’s nonsensical that J$PH isn’t featured on your daily rotation.
Focus Yo Aim, Empty the Clip ruminates through the narrative of if you want peace, inner peace, prepare for war, if the opportunity comes calling, never press ignore, and If you miss one hundred shots, reload and shoot one hundred more. Every single verse sprays generously with smooth-spitting knowledge, and lyrically, J$PH doesn’t run out of bullets despite audibly emptying the clip.
"It was inspired by The Punisher, I was watching the Marvel series show on Netflix, and I was inspired by his resolve that no matter the circumstance, he was going to reach his goal. His aim was to get revenge for his family, and his level of dedication, focus, and execution is what prompted this track. He didn’t let anything stop him; Nothing stopped him. I ended up tweeting Focus Yo Aim, Empty the Clip and my producer Da Vinci Wave tweeted back and said that’s the title of something, so right then and there the inspiration sparked, leading to the birth of an album within two weeks." - J$PH
Layers of enlightenment are met with prolific personal histories, creating a seamless connection to the artist, which is a rare occurrence in present-day music. Focus Yo Aim, Empty the Clip is produced with intricate expressions, illuminating resilience, and conscious bursts of clarity until the final fade out. Producer Da Vinci Wav gifts fans with an ear full of divine instrumental chimes, saturated bass drums, and velvety snares. Needless to say, the two musically captivate and convict.
Focus Yo Aim, Empty the Clip deserves a stand-alone ovation; however, the whole album is back-to-back applaudable. Tap into J$PH and tune out the world while you replay Focus Yo Aim, Empty the Clip.
Freezing over the competition with a bilingual blizzard, Mixed Miyagi hits hard'n'heavy like hail with his track, Thần Điếu Đại Hiệp.
Pull up a seat and take notes, Mixed Miyagi keeps it nothing less than real in his mother tongue. Dripping with versatility, he provides a lesson in language with bars that switch from Vietnamese to English and then connect back to his roots. He releases a sonical storm full of flow switches and cadence, praising his hometown, his people, and the grind he focused on, displaying strength and intelligence like a condor.
Mixed Miyagi holds the key to ‘connecting and bridging' multiple communities with his Vietnamese and Nigerian heritage, ultimately, showing love to both sides by putting them on the map. Thần Điếu Đại Hiệp emphasises how the smoke is ephemeral, but loyalty is forever.
"Thần Điếu Đại Hiệp was inspired by the Chinese classic 'Thần Điêu Đại Hiệp', I did a word play on the title. Chinese dramas were a big part of my upbringing. The Vietnamese TV network, 'TVB', would air Chinese shows dubbed in Vietnamese. I imagine most Vietnamese people can relate because these shows brought the whole family together. No matter how hard of a work day we had, we’d never miss the new episode of our favorite show at the time. So, I played with a classic melody and made it dope" - Mixed Miyagi.
Keeping listeners on their toes, Mixed Miyagi is cold as ice with gravelly tones that blast through the insane drum-pounding instrumentals produced by the exquisite Black Po.
"Black Po had made the beat by request, he sampled the melody from the very first original version of the show ‘Thần Điêu Đại Hiệp’ from 1984." - Mixed Miyagi
Thần Điếu Đại Hiệp will be followed by a music video sometime in May, and Mixed Miyagi will be performing at Soho House Chicago on May 27th for Asian American and Pacific Islander Month. With plenty more music drops set for the future, you’ll be hearing more from this biracial burst, so stay cool and add Thần Điếu Đại Hiệp to your most played playlist.