The 21-year old Chicago native and Timbaland protégée released a 15 track mixtape today. The act is still steamrolling towards her official first studio release.
Listen to the release here
The best new tracks from emerging and current acts in music:
Today’s lineup includes Texas based duo The Wind and the Wave, alternative band Myzica, singer-songwriter Arum Rae, powerhouse producer DJ snake, R&B duo 2mil, and Mexican Pop band Maná.
“Grand Canyon”- The Wind and the Wave
“We Belong Together”- Myzica
“Loners”- Arum Rae
“Let Me Love You”- DJ Snake feat Justin Bieber
“De Pies a Cabeza”- Maná
Budweiser’s Made In America Festival announced the day splits for this year’s concert. Rihanna will be headlining Saturday, September 3rd and Coldplay will helm Sunday, September 4th.
Both days will have a nice mix and infusion of acts from multiple genre. Single day tickets and 2-day passes are still on sale for this memorable musical festival that graces Philadelphia this Labor Day Weekend.
When the four time Grammy winning folk duo The Civil Wars separated in August 2014, Joy Williams was thrust into being something she was very familiar with, a solo act. Having lots of emotionally tangible material to work off of, Williams musically labored towards her next project. Two years after the split, she released Venus. Venus is her fifth solo studio album and her first without roots in the contemporary Christian genre. Williams debuted the eleven track collection on June 30th of this year. The album is introspective and bold, touching on the themes of love, womanhood, and letting go. Reviews were positive and generally favorable for the heartache nuanced and pop folk work. Venus peaked at number 3 on the US Folk Billboard Album Charts.
On July 22nd, Joy Williams released Venus (Acoustic), a stripped miniature of the parent album under the same name. The record is seven tracks long and the pieces that were duplicated are reworked in playing order. The album is very pleasing, finding the hidden crevices of previous fast paced singles and slowing them down to find new intimate centers. The revamped tracks include:
“Sweet Love of Mine”
“You Loved Me”
“Someone to Love You” and “We Can Never Go Back” are new two additions. Like most acoustic renderings, guitars play a prominent role in the musical landscape of each song. The chords to each song are not extraordinarily diverse. The notes tend to volley and jog back and forth throughout each single. When the graceful strums are married to Williams’ lyrics like, “Remember when you loved me/Remember when I left/ Remember that time it hurt like nothing else/Wanna try that again”, the result is musically resonate and poignant.