New Music – Blond Ambition, 6LACK, Ari Lennox
New acts to holler about from Los Angles, Atlanta and Washington DC
Every week, we highlight a couple of new acts from around the globe who’ve caught our attention. Please feel free to share tips with us or check out all past New Music selections here.
Formerly of Ex Cops, Brian Harding’s new project came together in Los Angeles where he joined forces with producer Andrew Miller to work on songs which are full of jagged, infectious hooks and beautiful emotional lyrical notes. Album due in early 2017 but, for now, put “Hurricanes” on repeat.
All year lomg, Atlanta’s 6LACK has been making the right noises with a procession of really strong, hooky tracks which keep getting better and better as they drop. We really like the fresh cut of “Rules” and “PRBLMS” from his just-out debut set “FREE 6LACK” which showcases the college dropout’s warped, weird and wild alt-r’n'b.
From Washington DC, Ari Lennox’s new seven-track “Pho” EP for J Cole’s Dreamville label is a wonderful showcase for that distinctive, striking soulful purr of a voice and her jazzy take on Baduism. In a year when we’ve seen some strong bohosoul releases (stand tall Kendra Foster and Kadhja Bonet), this is another one to treasure