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Soulful Vanguard Allen Stone announces new Album ‘Building Balance’

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Soulful vanguard Allen Stone’s forthcoming record Building Balance officially set to arrive November 8th via ATO Records, taking his soul-stirring R&B and funk to the next artistic level. Stone continues to draw inspiration from ’70s funk and soul with current flexes, sitting amid D’Angelo in its sultrier moments, and Stevie Wonder at its most melodic. Partially inspired by becoming a husband and father, the album features the most personal, lushly produced and gorgeously performed songs of Stone’s career.

Building Balance was largely penned in a cabin in the woods of Washington state and partially recorded at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville with three producers: the acclaimed British artist/producer Jaime Lidell, Grammy-winning producer Nasri, and Jeremy Most (Emily King). The album is a textured amalgam of R&B and soul, a result of several personal co-writing sessions, collaborations with Emily King, Mike Posner & Theo Katzman / Joey Dosik of Vulfpeck, and lyrics by Stone. Equal parts sentimental (“Brown Eyed Lover”, “Consider Me”) and replete with nostalgic funk (“Back to the Swing”, “Sweaters”), Stone’s third album shows an artist who has grown into his own and learned to balance and appreciate all parts of his life: the vices of the past and the gifts of the present, career and family, the brilliant highs and discouraging lows.

“The balance through the turmoil of strife and struggle is the best balance you can build because you’re growing, you’re strengthening, you’re utilizing muscles,” he says of the album. “If it was a cakewalk then you’re not gonna fortify those tendons or that willpower.”

Stone just released new single “Sunny Days” –– an R&B ode to euphoric love that features slick rap verses alongside Stone’s smooth delivery in his stunningly transformative upper range. Of “Sunny Days”, Stone says the track “is a feel-good, throwback song about being confident in the love you have for another. Like a refreshing breeze on a hot summer day, the melody cools and comforts. There is no feeling more beautiful than trusting in love.“

Having just wrapped a summer tour with Train, Allen Stone will hit the road on October 23rd for a live 15-date karaoke tour of intimate rooms. He will perform songs from his catalog and classic karaoke staples with his fans, upfront and literally face-to-face. Watch this hilarious and heartwarming trailer for the tour below.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

10.23 – Saint Paul, MN – Turf Club
10.24 – Evanston, IL – SPACE
10.25 – Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi Indy
10.27 – Washington, DC – City Winery
10.29 – New York, NY – The Cutting Room
10.30 – New York, NY – Manderlay Bar at The McKittrick Hotel
10.31 – Philadelphia, PA – City Winery
11.01 – Boston, MA – City Winery
11.03 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall
11.09 – Nashville, TN – Analog
11.11 – Denver, CO – The Soiled Dove Underground
11.12 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues (Cambridge Room)
11.13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre
11.15 – Seattle, WA – Triple Door
11.16 – Portland, OR – The Jack London Revue

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Rema drops Afrobeat track dedicated to women around the globe

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For the third week in a row, Rema is set to release “anotha banga.” Dropping on Mavin Records/Jonzing World, “Woman” is a song that expresses his appreciation and admiration for all females. 

Recently crowned Apple Music’s Up Next artist – previously awarded to Billie Eilish, Khalid & H.E.R – Afropop’s prince Rema has now released a trio of singles throughout June and July. He kicked things off with “Ginger Me,” a song created in a late-night studio session in London with UK producer The Elements. Quickly followed by trap-influenced track “Alien” which took us on a trippy journey through the mind of a young heartbreaker. 

Crediting his parents for introducing him to Fela Kuti & 2Face, Rema draws influences far beyond West Africa with Bollywood, Trap, Afrobeats, and Pop all becoming part of his trademark sound. With co-signs from the likes of Drake, Barack Obama and now Rihanna, Rema is on his way for a global takeover.

Stream “Woman” via Spotify below.

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La Doña releases debut EP ‘Algo Nuevo’

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Latina artist La Doña has officially released her debut Algo Nuevo EP via Human Re-Sources. Produced heavily by Doña herself, the EP includes previously-released singles “Quién Me La Paga” (“Whose Going To Pay For It?” in English), an infectious cumbia-led track that denounces life’s ever-increasing expenses, and the self-coined “femmeton” anthem “Le Lo Lai,” which reverts the machismo paradigm so prevalent in reggaeton and hip-hop.

Speaking on the EP, La Doña says: “Algo nuevo is a gift of something new; it is a statement about the versatility of musical forms and diasporic rhythms; it is a marriage of the traditional with the contemporary; it is an offering and a statement to la raza, the boss girls, las malas, the non-binary and queer homies, ‘I see you, I am you, and I made this for you.'” 

The EP is a fruitful and masterful collage of La Doña’s world. The artist composes songs influenced heavily by Bay Area hyphy styles, lowrider culture, Mission muralismo, and musica de la (U.S./Mexico) frontera, while exploring radical brown femininity alongside love and pain.

Algo Nuevo also arrives alongside La Doña’s release show at The Chapel in San Francisco tonight where she’ll be joined by Sazon Libre, Chulita Vinyl Club, and Mariachi Juvenil La Misión.

After touring North America in support of Cuco, opening for legendary Mexican rock group Café Tacvba, and being named one of YouTube Music’s Foundry artists with past alumni including Rosalía, Dua Lipa, Chloe X Halle, and Gunna, La Doña is entering 2020 in full force. 

Listen to the Algo Nuevo EP, here

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Roddy Ricch’s Video Release for ‘The Box’ made the #1 Song in the Country even Hotter

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Roddy Ricch has officially dropped the highly anticipated music video for “The Box” on Friday.

The Compton rapper premiered the impressive self-directed visual for “The Box” and there are several boxes scattered implanted in the clip, making the theme cohesive throughout the video.

“The Box” is the chart-topping song featured on Ricch’s debut studio album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, and has held the top spot on the Billboard charts for over five consecutive weeks.

In the video, Ricch is seeing scaling buildings, winning car races, lounging in the pool, slam-dunking basketballs and more. It concludes with him in a box factor and ultimately on display in a museum.

Ricch has made major plays this year with his win for Best Rap Performance at the 2020 Grammys for “Racks in the Middle with the late Nipsey Hussle. The Young emcee is currently on the second leg of his first headlining tour with shows coming up in Miami, Washington, D.C., and London.

Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial released Dec. 6. You can stream Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial below via Spotify and grab it on iTunes.

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