KOAR favorite Work Drugs pumps out the first single of 2018. The feel-good warm vibes Miami Nights is a perfect release for the coldest month of the year. In the typical Work Drugs fashion, the track is inspired by the best sounds of 80’s, plus a sax breaks out towards the end. The Philadelphia dream pop act releases their music via Bobby Cahn Records and have been steadily building a fanbase. Additionally, they’ve performed SXSW and CMJ, and shared the stage with Two Door Cinema Club, Umphrey’s McGee, and Maps and Atlases.
The French Carribean singer NyoMii releases the Fokus video. Although new on the scene, Nyomii performs like a seasoned pro. The track was produced by LA based, Grammy winning producer Brian Soko who has worked with Beyonce, Lil Wayne, and Drake. The 21 year old pop singer borrows from R&B, Dancehall and even Afro-Beat and her forthcoming debut EP will come out on Soko’s music label Young Global.
Jon Worthy manages to recreate the magic of the best indie rock of the nineties. He just dropped the album Only A Dream that was recorded and produced with Lincoln Parish of Cage The Elephant at his studio in Nashville. If you dig deeper into the album, you’ll hear similar melodies from that of the greats, be it The Beatles and The Yardbirds. Stand out tracks include Help Me and Have it Your Way.
Maria Milis , the 19 year old released her first ever 4 track dreamy-atmospheric EP which details a toxic relationship. My favorite track Bring Out The Devil In Me has a Lorde vibe, while Medusa sounds like she was hanging with Adele when she wrote Skyfall. While the EP is far from perfect, its moments of messiness makes it special. Hailing from North London, the singer songwriter cites Lady Gaga, Stevie Nicks, Kanye West and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers as influences. Check out her short documentary discussing the meaning behind the tracks.
Lookout for LIVVIA as she releases the ‘Catch A Body‘ video this Thursday. For those who aren’t aware, the up and coming singer released her debut single which has been featured on a slew of tastemakers. The track which was produced by heavy weight hit-makers Rock Mafia (Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande), landed on Spotify’s Viral 50 and Global Viral 50 chart as well as Apple Music’s “Best of the Week”. Currently enrolled in University of California, Berkeley, the Los Angeles based singer-songwriter has toured with Jessie J., Meghan Trainor, and The Jonas Brothers.