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INsiders Guide: B.I, Sun Atoms, Olivia Rees, Stefanie Parnell, Fleurie, Kaylee Patterson, Oompa, Milano, Lonr., Elephante, Robert Grace….

South Korean Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, and Record Producer, B.I, has teamed up with Indonesian Artist, Afgan, and Manchester-based Electronic Artist, Bipolar Sunshine. Out today via IOK and Transparent Arts, B.I x Bipolar Sunshine x Afgan – Lost At Sea (Illa Illa 2) is a fusion of cultures from all across the globe; effortlessly putting together their talents into one track. The release of this remix arrives one day ahead of B.I.’s highly anticipated return to live performing. On Saturday, October 2 at 11pm EST / Sunday, October 3 at 12pm KST, B.I will be teaming up with LiveXLive for an exclusive global livestream Pay-Per-View concert. Purchase tickets HERE.

B.I speaks on the collaboration; “Bipolar Sunshine was an artist that I always enjoyed listening to, his unique vocals have such a distinct sound that I’ve always imagined what it would be like to be on a track together. I try listening to as much music as possible from all around the world, so that I myself can evolve as a producer. I also think Indonesia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in Asia. Especially in terms of music, and I learn a lot from listening to music created by Indonesian artists. When I first heard Afgan’s voice, his soulful vibe really made an impression on me and as a producer, I really love how he represents a new age of artist. I thought the balance of this collaboration was just perfect.”

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SUN ATOMS release the highly anticipated debut album: ‘Let There Be Light’.

Commemorating its release, the project fronted by Jsun Atoms and featuring guest appearances from Peter Holmström (The Dandy Warhols, Pete International Airport) Alex Maas (The Black Angels), Jasno Swarez (The Vandelles) and more, are unveiling the video for its final single: “Captain Tunnel Vision”. 

Watch the video for “Captain Tunnel Vision” here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARPwfafbMkg

A song about art and perception, its lyrics are inspired by the singular: Nick Cave. Viewing an interview in which an aspiring artist asked the Australian star about how to share art with the world, Cave coolly reassured them that they simply had “nothing to lose”. Taking heed of this advice, on “Captain Tunnel Vision” Atoms unfurls obtuse observations in a deathly dark drawl; unwavering words from other worlds land like thick blobs of paint on a wet oil canvas, fresh with ideas: “Get lost, we’ve got nothing to lose, the rain comes down and dries your eyes from the blue blue blues”, sings Atoms.
 
With its loping basslines adding a sense of gothic noir and a warped mariachi brass sections straight out of the apocalyptic outback (courtesy of Portland horn man Mars de Ponte), “Captain Tunnel Vision” is a fitting homage to the Prince of Darkness in more ways than one. 

The track arrives with a suitably surrealist official video from Romanian filmmaker, Popii. With a reputation for ingenuity and the avant garde in her work,  the “Captain Tunnel Vision” video touches on themes of creativity and destruction, as shots of  Jsun Atoms writing in his studio, conflict with scenes of records being smashed to smithereens.

“The second layer of video is composed of the adventure of a box of vinyl records found in a dumpster” reflects Atoms of the video. “Popii spread these on the ground at the filming location and had members of the band run over them on electrical bikes and spray water on them while she danced, shoveled, threw clover seeds, and hammered nails into them.”  Watch the full video here
The director, Popii, can also be heard to be singing a mantra in her mother tongue on “Praying Mantis”, the final track to be heard on Sun Atoms’ debut album: ‘Let There Be Light’ – which also receives its official release today, via The Acid Test Recordings label in Europe and Little Cloud Records in the USA.
“Captain Tunnel Vision” follows recent singles “The Cat’s Eye” and “Don’t Take Me To Your Leader”, with all three tracks illuminating the path towards Sun Atoms’ explorative long-player: ‘Let There Be Light’.

Based in Toronto, Canada, Olivia Rees is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and pianist whose music can best be described as a blend of Pop and RnB. Having lived in Dubai, England, and New York City, Olivia’s widespread cultural experiences add a unique touch to her music.

She has performed at various venues around the world, including the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. After losing her brother to cancer, she decided to use her pain from this and other traumas to speak to others struggling, bring them comfort in knowing they are not alone, and fight for her music dreams.

She has always used her music as a bridge to connecting with her fans emotionally and through shared personal experiences. Whether it’s through trauma or having fun with friends, Olivia’s music will resonate with you on a personal level.

Olivia recently released “Toxic Love”, a single created with Andre Kaden-Black and Giordan Postorino. With multiple soon to be released tracks, including two music videos, Olivia Rees is an up and coming artist you do not want to miss out on.

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Stefanie Parnell is an insightful, refined, and melodically driven Canadian singer/songwriter. Her music reflects a mix of ambient progressions that recall artists like Sharon Van Etten and Perfume Genius, as well as a host of folk influences, including Phoebe Bridgers and Andy Shauf. Parnell sings from a place where her deep-seated anxieties lie beneath the surface as she expresses her heartfelt experiences. Her music will leave you feeling comforted by the dissonant chords and melancholic lyrics.

In 2011, Parnell met producer/engineer, Connor Seidel (Charlotte Cardin, Patrick Watson, Elliot Maginot, Matt Holubowski). The two would go on to record and release three independent EPs together. Parnell has since become known for her enthralling live performances and has recently won the hearts of the audience as a contestant on the Quebec version of The Voice.

More recently, Parnell has teamed up with Mishka Stein (songwriter/bassist for Patrick Watson) and producer, Samuel Woywitka (Half Moon Run, Luca Fogale, Teke Teke). After years of writing and performing, Parnell has finally found her sound and is eager to have taken on a slightly more experimental and shoegazing element that elevates her music and features her vocal range in a new and exciting way. Parnell will work alongside the production duo as they are set on producing Stefanie’s first studio EP that will be released fall 2021.

Greetings from Supertropicali; a world, an era, a story unfolding, all stitched together in ’90s nostalgia, romance, youthful hope and belonging. It’s Alice in Wonderland where the rabbit hole spits you out in Los Angeles, narrated by Marie Antoinette. It’s glitter, pastels, cake and candidness. At the helm is Nashville’s Fleurie who, with this latest project, bridges her lifelong passion for whimsical storytelling with her musical experience and success in film & TV songwriting to create an immersive new world for her fans; one where everyone belongs and the dreams have no limits.

Fleurie’s story is nothing without serendipity – the idea that what is meant for you will always find you, at the right time and place. From moving to Nashville on a whim to signing her publishing deal resulting in hundreds of sync placements to-date including trailers for Riot Games League of Legends, Black BeautyHomeland, Apple TV+ to inclusions in episodes of Love IslandWorld of DanceAmerica’s Got TalentGrey’s Anatomy, and Shadowhunters, Fleurie credits much to serendipity and encourages others to trust their instincts, take what they’re given and run with it. It’s this mindset combined with her talent and drive that’s paved her musical journey with US Top 40 hits, 700,000 cumulative followers, 20+ billion streams, live support for NF, SMYL, Greyson Chance, Roo Panes, Owl City, and Snow Patrol. Fleurie is currently on a US tour, criss-crossing the country with Colony House through November 27th.

Elegant, quirky and impossible to ignore – welcome to the eclectic world of Kaylee Patterson, an immensely talented singer-songwriter from Montreal, Canada. Kaylee can usually be found jamming out on TikTok sharing her wildly unpopular opinions and rocking her ukulele. Her sound is truly one of a kind, infusing pop with folk elements. Kaylee has an incredibly infectious personality and her music is just mainstream enough to be fed to the masses whilst still maintaining a raw authenticity that allows fans to connect with her on a deeper level than just enjoying the music.

Kaylee released her first ever single in the summer of 2020, which has amassed close to 50K streams on Spotify. Since then she has been working closely alongside producer Jay Century (Kaskade, Duckwrth, Starley) to craft out her debut EP, which is set to be released later this summer.

Photo Credit: Ally Schmaling

 Critically acclaimed rapper and spoken word poet Oompa has released her long-awaited, third album, “UNBOTHERED”. The “subtle force in Boston’s music scene” (DigBoston) has been catching attention not only for her signature beat riding flow but for her incredibly honest and relatable storytelling. The album marks a new era, both sonically and personally, for the “visionary” artist (Performer Mag) with a buoyant production style and free-styled verses. “UNBOTHERED” delves into the timely sentiments of personal reflection and healing after a period of global and spiritual turmoil, where sadness and death seem so prominent. 

With her debut album November 3rd (2016) and highly revered follow-up Cleo” (2019) exploring the depths of loss, pain, and overcoming, “UNBOTHERED” finds Oompa in a new-found state of peace. The album unfurls Oompa’s journey of self-discovery and learning that joy is possible, despite the struggles within and around us. Through vulnerable lyricism, Oompa paints a vivid and honest picture of the duality of personal growth, “I wanted to teach myself that healing is slow and non-performative”. On her new record, Oompa is choosing to keep what she refers to as the “ugly parts” private, instead, inviting her listener to enjoy the artifacts. 

Sonically, “UNBOTHERED” explores an intricate spectrum of sounds and moods that progress from the more somber, gospel-inspired opener AMEN” (feat. Benji) to lighter, quirkier bops in the latter half, including the project’s infectious first single GO” (ft. Dan DeCristofaro). That freedom of expression helped bring to life an album brimming with gems including the hard-hitting “LEBRON ” and New Orleans bounce-inspired OUTTA PATIENCE. Both of which left a major impression with the likes of Consequence of SoundThe Ebro Show on Apple MusicDef Jam’s Double Elvis PodcastOnes to Watchand EARMILK. Accompanying the single roll-out, was a series of ten, playful visuals aesthetically inspired by the unconventional love story told in the Melina Matsoukas film, Queen and Slim.

When reflecting on the journey to “UNBOTHERED”, Oompa mused “Over the course of my eventful life I went from knowing there had to be something I was brought into this world to do, to believing that I’m here to be. I went from processing my life in mourning to accepting it and promising myself joy each day. The work seems not to be to find out what you were put on the Earth to do, but a reason to stay”  

Boldly stepping into the spotlight, GRAMMY® Award-winning rapper, singer, executive producer, and songwriter Milano releases a brand new single entitled “die4iT” today. It notably marks his official debut for Epic Records and hints at much more solo music to come from the multitalented musical force. Get “die4iT” at all DSPs HERE.

The track’s airy production underlines his surgically precise flow. Clever rhymes collect momentum before colliding with a raw, yet honestly heartfelt hook expressing vulnerability.

The song is about “having to accept whatever comes with the risks we take” in relationships says Milano“The heart of the song protects us from whatever doesn’t serve us well and when we do meet the right woman, it is our responsibility to protect her.”  Stay tuned for the track’s official music video, coming soon.

die4It” also heralds the arrival of much more new music from Derrick Milano, including more singles, exciting collaborations and an upcoming project due in the coming months.

Philly born and Delaware raised Derrick Milano continues to assert himself as a prolific presence in the music industry, having won a 2021 GRAMMY® for co-writing Megan thee Stallion’s “Savage” and it’s Beyonce-featuring remix. Along the way, he put up numbers on early independent solo releases of his own, such as Play Wit ItCellular, and the 2020 collaborative project 1/2 Man 1/2 Wolf with producer Danny Wolf. Now, he kicks off what promises to be his biggest chapter yet with his hit “die4iT” and more to come.

Dedicated to confounding expectations and versatile enough to escape from any box people try to put him in, rising singer-songwriter Lonr. is in a category of his own. Coming though with a body of work that delivers on his immense potential, Lonr. shares Land Of Nothing Real 2 today. The project is a showcase for Lonr.‘s sharp songwriting, punctuated by soaring hooks and Instagram caption-worthy lyrics. Get it HERE via Epic Records.

Following up his 2020 breakthrough project Land Of Nothing Real, the 8-track effort reflects Lonr.‘s broad array of musical interests, rock-influenced ragers like “b” and mosh pit-appropriate bangers like new single “RED LIGHT,” to romantic ballads like the recently-released READ MY MIND” ft. Yung Bleu and the acoustic “HI LONR.” Along with his pen and his production–the 24-year-old multi-talent had a hand in the production for each of the project’s tracks–Lonr. captivates with his frayed nerve vocals, which switches from smooth crooning to energetic belting at the drop of the hat, all in tune with the emotion of the song.

Along with the new project, Lonr. shares “CUFFIN,” a video for a project highlight, with an appearance from guest verse goddess Coi Leray. A sweetly romantic slow jam, “CUFFIN” finds Lonr. working the upper register of his tenor vocals, alternating between triplet rhymes and angelic vocal runs as he sings about locking down the one he loves: “We fly to the moon, reach for what you like/It’s all for you, girl just catch a vibe.” On her verse, Coi Leray provides a softly-sung countermelody to Lonr.‘s hook, completing the song’s emotional arc by returning his statements of devotion. In the video, directed by Matt EarlLonr. takes his dirtbike to the remote reaches of the California wilderness, where he has a rendezvous with Coi under the shimmering night sky. Watch the video HERE.

Elephante is on the prowl for his next fix on euphoric, hypnotizing new single “Dopamine,” which is out now.

Listen to “Dopamine” HERE.

Returning to his energetic House roots, Elephante weaves layered synths and floating vocals to create the pulsating track. Despite the risks, Elephante looks to quench his thirst for escape and pleasure.

”Dopamine” is about desire, about scratching the itch. It’s about wanting to experience the world at its fullest – driving 150 mph down the highway, chasing your lover across the dance floor, taking that last shot that you know you probably shouldnt – whatever it takes to make you feel something.
— Elephante

Elephante’s two previous releases “Holy Ghosts” and “High Water” share themes of self-reflection and despair. Detailing his personal experience during the pandemic and extending back to his younger years during his emotional, physical, and mental struggle with opioid addiction, Elephante is peeling back the layers of who he is as an artist and human to expose the dark depths of emotional valleys and the steep peaks of excitement.

Elephante is set to release his sophomore album Heavy Glow on October 22nd.

The Irish singer-songwriter Robert Grace is known for his straightforward, tongue in cheek tracks that often tackle issues many people experience, but rarely talk about openly. His hit single “Fake Fine” from last year, his most recent track “Self feat. Emma Steinbakken”, as well as other songs like “The Hurt You Gave Me” have garnered him tens of millions of plays on Spotify, millions of YouTube views, 1.8 million TikTok followers and a dedicated Instagram community. Now, the 28-year-old with the smooth and ultra-melodic voice is ready to release his newest tune called “Break the Silence”.

 

For this track, Robert Grace teamed up with Red Triangle (KSI, YUNGBLUD, Green Day) virtually (in true pandemic fashion), recording his vocals in his home studio, while the British songwriting and production team put the finishing touches on it from their home base. Opening up with an urban pop beat, “Break the Silence” tells the very relatable tale of a toxic relationship coming to an end, and its aftermath – when you know you shouldn’t be calling the other person, but you still do, because loneliness has gotten the better of you or you’ve had too much to drink. 

 
Robert’s first track for Columbia Germany / RCA US was ‘Fake Fine’  which went platinum in Ireland, spent five weeks at No 1 on both the Irish Homegrown charts and the Shazam Ireland Charts.
 

Alongside Dermot Kennedy and Niall Horan Robert was only the third Irish male solo act to have a top 20 hit in his native country last year.

 
Over the past number of months Robert has collaborated and written with artists and writers like gnash, KIDDO, KIN, Jamie Hartman (Rag N’ Bone Man), and Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran) 
 
Robert is an accomplished live performer and has performed at Ireland’s leading festivals including Electric Picnic and Indiependence. He was also selected to perform at ESNS in January and at The Great Escape in May.
 
He has a headline gig booked at Dublin’s prestigious ‘Academy’ venue for Friday November 5th as part of an extensive Irish Tour. Robert will be announcing German, UK & other European dates in due course.
 

His cheery and encouraging tracks about experiences ranging anywhere from ordinary thoughts and feelings of inferiority or self-doubt, to more exceptional subjects like mental illness, are always served with a good portion of comforting humor. It’s a concept so unique, one might call it Robert Grace’s trademark approach to music. His newest single “Break the Silence” is no exception to the rule and will be released via Sony Music Germany.

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