Fresh off the heels of having his first release of 2017, “Stuck in the Middle”, land on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” and “U.S. Viral 50” playlists, SIDIZEN KING returns with “Roll the Dice”, an electro-funk jam that tackles the age-old challenge of escaping the “friend-zone.” Filled with clever lines like “I’m just tryna find my lane up in your track meet, you complain we all run games, but you stay chasing the athletes” King’s signature metaphor-savvy writing style compliments the smooth chorus and Ryan Spraker’s (Pell, Daye Jack) gliding production.
The latest emerging talent from the music and cultural hive of Los Angeles, SIDIZEN KING arrives at the cross section of electronic music and hip-hop with an experimental, hybrid sound that is quickly gaining an audience amongst both tastemakers and casual listeners. Amassing two million plays in the short year since he first stepped into the booth, Sid hopes to continue to deliver uncompromised lyricism and storytelling over captivating production.
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.