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  • 10 K-Pop Groups You Need to Be Stanning Right Now [ONES TO KNOW]

    May 22, 2019   There are no two ways about it; K-pop is on the brink of world domination.

    Author: Maxamillion Polo

  • 5 Artists You Need in Your Life This Week [SPOTLIGHT]

    March 13, 2019   What is cooler than knowing about the best rising artists out there? Knowing about them first.

    Author: Maxamillion Polo

  • Spotlight on: Erik Hassle

    June 27, 2014   As luck would have it, 2014 has been the year for Erik Hassle to move alongside some of music’s most fascinating up-and-comers. Prior to joining breakout Danish artist Mø on a sold-out North American tour, the Swedish born singer-songwriter released his EP Somebody’s Party in February of this year, which included guest appearances by 2014 XXL freshman class’s Vic Mensa as well as rising R&B starlet Tinashe. For Hassle, whose past writing credits include the Shakira and Rihanna collaboration “Cant Remember To Forget You,” his EP marked a re-introduction to the world and a readiness to make it out on his own. Already surrounded by great company, Hassle is only getting started.  On Somebody’s Party, the track “Talk About It,” featuring Mensa, is an eerily recanting R&B ballad filled with dramatic vocals billowing forth from a sparse electronic arrangement. The song, detailing a problematic relationship sustained by one partner’s secretive suffering, is telling of Hassle’s talent for fusing narrative with a penchant for what constitutes the right amount of production, the basic formula to giving any song its real wings. From Somebody’s Party, one derives Hassle’s style is fashionably lean and smooth, geared towards and equally attuned to both R&B and pop. With his producing intuition and the fact that his vocal versatility alone could hold an audience, it’s almost as if he’s Timbaland and Justin Timberlake in one observing, hip package.  We recently caught up with Hassle in Los Angeles after he wrapped his tour with Mø. Watch our interview above, where we discuss songwriting and Somebody’s Party, and stay tuned for more updates on his album. 

  • On Blackbear & Post-Relationship Trauma

    June 20, 2014   Blackbear has crept on to the LA hip-hop scene with the stealthy release of his latest EP, The Afterglow, which shines in its use of dysfunction - dysfunction as a talent rather than an ailment.

  • Spotlight on: BROODS

    May 28, 2014   According to siblings Georgia and Caleb Nott, New Zealand doesn't have too many notable people or musical exports, save for their fellow Aucklander, Lorde.