Tangerine, Maxwell, The Sully Band, Full Bush, Teddy Grossman, Boy Deluxe, Salem Ilese are among these press releases for December.
Tangerine -“See You There”: A dreamy, breezy vintage melodic pop for a lo-fi slow dance and an occasion to curl up with Marika Justad’s bright vocals and Toby Kuhn’s delicate lead guitar. However, there is a deeper meaning below this laid-back lounge music. In the video, band member Marika Justad explains, “As Asian-American women, we felt the heaviness of all the hate crimes this year and wanted to shoot something in defiance of that feeling. So we asked some friends to help us create a cheeky and fun Asian girl gang. The video shows us occupying public space without fear or reservation, living it up in our trench coats, something that feels deeply important in this moment.” On the lyrical inspiration, Justad says: ‘I was inspired by Toby telling me about drinking in town squares and water fountains as a kid visiting Italy and Spain with his parents. I wrote it at a time when I was feeling fairly anti-social but knew that I wanted to break out of my shell. I wanted to transport myself temporarily to this magical scene where I could see all my friends at a fountain and drink wine with them and feel carefree and anxiety-free. I actually wrote the lyrics right before the pandemic, and as things began to lock down it was weird how perfectly they dove-tailed with the loneliness that everyone was experiencing around the world. I think of it as a light-hearted song but there’s a bittersweetness at the core. Fun fact- the audio of people laughing and talking in the intro and outro is a combination of a recording of my sister Jade’s birthday party in Seattle years ago, and a phone video I took at a restaurant in Seoul of my family eating.” “See You There” was recorded at TANGERINE’s home studio in Los Angeles. Singer Marika Justad wrote the lyrics and melody over a little guitar riff Toby was playing on his old Spanish nylon guitar. The song was engineered and produced by guitarist Toby Kuhn, the third song by the band to be made entirely at home. Cian Riordan (St. Vincent, Bleachers) provided mastering.
Maxwell – “OFF”: A sensual slow track with a retro vibe bringing back the soul in R&B. This is a song by three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum artist Maxwell and his longtime creative partner Hod David who brings his simmering production and intoxicating instrumentals. His new full-length album, “blacksummers’NIGHT,” out Spring 2022, will mark his first release under a newly minted deal with BMG and will close out the trilogy he began with the #1 GRAMMY® Award-winning epic, “BLACKsummers’night,” in 2009. Maxwell says: “From announcing a new partnership with BMG for my label Musze to receiving the Legend Award at the upcoming 2021 Soul Train Awards, I couldn’t be more excited to share this new single with loved ones offering a glimpse into NIGHT…” Additionally, Maxwell will support his upcoming album with the NIGHT 2022 Tour across North America in partnership with the Black Promoters Collective – the preeminent coalition of African American independent promoters. The 25-date run kicks off in Dallas, TX at Texas Trust CU Theater, visits legendary arenas such as Barclays Center in Brooklyn and The Forum in Los Angeles, and concludes at FTX Arena in Miami, FL on May 8. Anthony Hamilton and Joe have been confirmed as support. “Maxwell is one of the most respected artists in the industry,” says Gary Guidry, CEO, Black Promoters Collective. “His body of work and showmanship are second to none. We believe he has a true connection to the culture. We are happy to partner with him on the NIGHT 2022 Tour and look forward to growing this relationship for years to come.” “Maxwell’s music has been the soundtrack to many of our lives,” continues Shelby Joyner, president, Black Promoters Collective. “Right now, people are ready to return to live music and regain a sense of normalcy. As a partner, we look forward to not only promoting the NIGHT 2022 Tour but also creating space for Maxwell’s fans to safely listen to and enjoy the music they love so much.” Maxwell will also be receiving the “Legend” Award at the upcoming 2021 Soul Train Awards.
The Sully Band – “When the Battle Is Over”: A dynamic, vintage rhythm and blues piece with layers of horns, keys, and guitars, plus a soulful and heartfelt male-female duo. The Sully Band, a bluesy, nine-piece beast of a band which was voted Best Live Band at the 2020 San Diego Music Awards, will release next year their debut LP, “Let’s Straighten It Out,” via Belly Up Records, and marketed and distributed by Blue Élan Records. Conceived in the hallowed halls of Henson Recording Studio in Hollywood, California (formerly A&M Studios), the album is an emotional journey through the ups, downs, and all-around of love by way of 10 classic ‘60s and ‘70s soul, blues, and R&B tunes. This labor of love album was recorded in only five jam-packed days, with “mostly-live” versions of carefully curated love-themed songs that made a mark when they were originally released and yet also feel relevant today. Sully’s soulful, heartfelt vocals cut across layers of horns and guitars that take the listener on an emotional arc of joy, disappointment, struggle, and redemption. Multiple Grammy Award-winning producer Chris Goldsmith (Blind Boys of Alabama, Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite, Big Head Todd) provided the musical curation that makes up “Let’s Straighten It Out.” Treasured tunes like Billy Preston’s “Nothing from Nothing” and Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher” share the tracklist with lesser-known nuggets like “Hallelujah, I Love Her So” by Ray Charles; the title track, first recorded by Latimore in 1974; Shuggie Otis’ “Ice Cold Daydream”; and “I Wish It Would Rain,” first made a hit by The Temptations. Acclaimed San Diego soul singer, Rebecca Jade, shared vocal duties with Sully on Mac Rebennack (aka Dr. John) and Jessie Hill’s “When the Battle Is Over,” while on “If You Love Me Like You Say,” the late Albert Collins is evoked by Anthony Cullins, the 20-year-old guitar sensation from Fallbrook, California. Anchored by Grammy Award-winning slayer of the bass, James East (Eric Clapton, Elton John, Michael Jackson, and many others), The Sully Band is composed of seasoned, accomplished players who hail from diverse locales like Japan, Panama, and the island of Lemon Grove. The horn section features sax-flute-harp-man Tripp Sprague (Kenny Loggins, The Little River Band, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, The Four Tops) and trumpet and flugelhorn player Steve Dillard (The Righteous Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd). Meanwhile, Sully caught the music bug at age six after picking up a nylon-string guitar. After years away from the stage, he is back in full force.
Full Bush – “Wild Heart”: Propulsive beats with bold and driven female vocals catapulted into the stratosphere, the song is a powerful combination of psychedelic textures and rock & roll’s wild spirit. This is the second single off Full Bush’s sophomore EP, “Movie Night,” released on December 3 via Brutal Panda Records. Full Bush is a powerful punk rock band uninhibited by genre. Of the track, band member Kate said: “Learning to embrace what sets you apart and how you can embody those parts of yourself that perhaps you were told weren’t socially acceptable for one reason or another is what ‘Wild Heart’ is all about. I wrote it at a time when I was struggling to find answers to why I was stuck repeating habits that weren’t serving me and beginning to do inner child and shadow work helped make sense of the cognitive dissonance I’d been experiencing. The culmination of the song’s message is to stop fighting the lies you tell yourself and instead listen to and feed the pieces of yourself that are screaming to break free and embrace the wildness of who you are without fear.” “The EP is about change,” she continues. “Whether within ourselves or outside, the past few years have seen a major shift for us individually and as a band. We acknowledge the pain that was caused by our trauma responses, gaslighting assholes, or turbulent relationships. Sitting in and confronting the discomfort of necessary internal shifts and letting go of what doesn’t lift us up, support us, love us in all the beautiful, fucking flawed ways we are as humans. Movie Night is the endcap of self-dialogue when you realize you have control and you aren’t dealing with bullshit anymore, you’re stomping on it. Movie Night is about Jayne’s old apartment and that one long walk home after The Dolphin. It’s about phone calls you get in the middle of the night when you know something is wrong. It’s dysphoria. It’s about losing the vapes. That one trip Cassie took to Florida. It’s about writing bits on the stacks at Apex. It’s about Kate’s conversation with her inner child. It’s about talking. Or not talking. It’s about a movie that Adesola saw about vampires and it moved her. It’s about drinking too much. How love can be your savior but can also make you feel so utterly lost. It’s the mother fucking cortisol levels. It’s about change. It’s here. It’s forever.”
Teddy Grossman – “Ready”: Another vintage groovy piece led by keys, gentle beats, sprinkled with horns, and showcasing Grossman’s silky smooth vocals which draw inspiration from ’70s R&B and soul music. This is the latest single off his forthcoming debut solo full-length LP due out early next year. “Ready was written during the later stages of recording the album,” Grossman told Glide Magazine, “an album I’ve always dreamed of making, in the early stages of a budding relationship. It’s a song about opening up, and letting a little love in.” Having finally arrived in this sense, the song finds Grossman opening up to both a new partner and way of life – with his music at the forefront. Although a lifelong music lover & maker, pursuing a career in music was put on the back burner for a time, but after a cross-country move to Los Angeles Grossman took the leap to embark on that long-gestating journey. He’d always been a lifer at heart — his childhood was spent ingesting Otis Redding and Steve Wonder, Bob Dylan and The Band — but upon graduating college, he took the road often traveled and held down an all-consuming tech job, ever the weekend warrior recording and touring with his former band on the margins. A few years back, however, after a near-decade in Chicago and New York City, all the while holding down the desk job, in 2018, Grossman was finally ready to take the plunge. “Moving to LA and finding my community here unquestionably changed everything,” says Grossman looking back at his decision to break out on his own and transform his passion into his livelihood.
Boy Deluxe – “Im the Blood”: A creepy whisper over a gloomy and moody soundscape of dark electro dark-pop, coming straight from some underground nightclub. Meanwhile, the macabre video introduces us to some shady characters. “Im the Blood” is a track off Boy Deluxe’s brand new self-produced and released EP, “RISEN.” Speaking on the EP, Hope S. wrote, “The songs on “RISEN” are a reflection of the grief, loss, and outrage felt during the pandemic, but they’re also songs about finding yourself, hope, and rebirth.” “RISEN” is a group of songs about transition. Suddenly finding themselves in the midst of chaos and change, the band’s best way of coping with the world around them was by writing and creating. From the deep pain of personal loss to the daily stress of survival, Boy Deluxe transmutes a year and a half of grief into their best work yet. From reflections on an ending relationship (“All Out”) to commentary on the rampant greed in our society (“Silver Silver”) to a story of women going to NY to get branded and initiated into a secret cult (“Cult Status”), and an anthem on personal power (“Im the Blood”), “RISEN” encompasses the duo’s experience in these unprecedented times. Hope, a pastor’s daughter raised in the shadow of dogma and divorce, and True Murra, a Philadelphia-born multi-instrumentalist, started their first project, Ever So Android in Seattle. “What started out as curiosity and a surprising friendship led to an intense connection,” said Murra. “Slowly, we became obsessed with writing music together. The only intimacy was found in creating, and so we poured ourselves into music.” Most importantly, the name change signified a change in approach. “Ever So Android was what we thought we should be,” Hope said. “Boy Deluxe is exactly who we are. Trying to ‘do the right things’ led to confusion and a loss of identity. The turning point came when we accepted that writing fulfilling music came alongside self-understanding. The more we learned about ourselves and quit caring what everybody thought, the more we loved our art.”
Salem Ilese – “Hey Siri”: A creaking acoustic guitar and Salem’s sweet voice asking Siri for apple pie recipes and how to “say thanks in Japanese.” Her voice quivers over the organic instrumentation before a confession on the ponderous refrain, “I can’t shake the feeling that we’re only born to die. Hey Siri, what’s the meaning of life?” The track helps set the stage for the arrival of Ilese’s upcoming “Unsponsored Content” EP—due out early next year. “I’ve always enjoyed incorporating brand names into my music because I find them to be such an integral part of our lives, weaving themselves into pop culture, and the ways in which our generation communicates” Salem explains. “‘Unsponsored Content’ may strike you as an EP of jingles but, in reality, it’s my interpretation of the world through the brands that shape us.” “Hey Siri” marks the follow up to her previous single “Ben & Jerry,” which OnesToWatch hailed as “a pop-flavored tour de force worth indulging in,” and Melodic Magazine wrote it “brims with electro-pop stylistics that eats away the pain of honeyed heartbreak.” The 21-year-old pop artist has been preparing for this moment her entire life. Placed in music lessons from an early age, she attributes her musicality to legendary writer Bonnie Hayes, her first songwriting teacher. Credited for writing songs for Cher, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, Bette Midler, and more, Hayes immediately saw then-12-year-old Salem’s gift for storytelling; “she took me under her wing. I probably wouldn’t be here without her.” In August 2020, Salem Ilese caught the eye of 10K Projects/Homemade Projects and signed a record deal. Shortly after, her breakout hit “Mad At Disney” gained viral momentum with over 208M Spotify streams and the creation of over 3.2M TikTok videos, all while holding placement on Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits playlist for over 15 weeks. From there she went on to release “Coke & Mentos” in November of 2020, premiering the track on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music show, followed by the release of her EP (L)onely Child this year. Beyond her own music, Salem also collaborated with Alan Walker, Jamie Miller, Surfaces, and more, while also co-writing songs including TXT’s “Anti-Romantic” and Bella Poarch’s 2021 hit “Build A Bitch.” Cementing rising star status, Salem now looks forward to her upcoming “Unsponsored Content” EP due out in early 2022.
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