Since the first radio broadcast of Johannesburg’s only real old school radio station called Hot 91.9 FM, I have mainly been listening to wonderful cool old school music. Then the music lover little voice in my head started to tell me that I can’t just keep listening to these funky old tunes – I need to find new contemporary beats.
The list below is what I discovered and I hope you enjoy listening to it too. I have also created an audio podcast for you to download or to share with your friends.
“Luxury” Jon Bellion
Singer/songwriter Jon Bellion makes contemporary pop that mixes R&B, hip-hop, and indie rock influences. Born on Long Island, New York, Bellion grew up focusing on his love of basketball. However, in his junior year of high school, his long gestating love of music, spurred on by such influences as Timbaland, Pharrell Wiliams, J Dilla, and Eminem, came into bloom after he began writing songs on his brother’s keyboard. After high school, Bellion enrolled in the music program at Long Island’s Five Towns College, where he ensconced himself in the vibrant local music scene. After graduating, Bellion continued pursuing his performance career, eventually garnering wider attention after his song “The Monster” was included on Eminem’s 2013 album, Marshall Mathers LP 2. The track, which featured a duet between Eminem and Rihanna, topped the charts in 12 countries, including hitting number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States. Also in 2013, Bellion released his debut mixtape, Translation Through Speakers. In 2014, Bellion returned with his second mixtape, The Separation, which featured the single “Ungrateful Eyes.” by ~ Matt Collar, Rovi
“Creating a new life from scratch teaches you resilience,” adds Pell. And he’s used his determination to pursue a music career. In high school, Pell created beats for his friends using a beat box that his dad gave him. Pell used those skills to help produce tracks on his first 2010 mixtape, “That Feel Good.” It was that year that he also formed the collective That Feel Good (TFG), with some friends. From Last FM
Coasts is an English folk rock group, based in Southampton,UK.Coast was formed in the winter of 2007 by singer-songwriter Paul Eastham. Classically trained pianist Eastham. In April 2014 the band completed the recording of a new 4 track EP “Dancing with Satellites”. The EP was produced and mixed by James Sanger at Vibey Studios in France. Sanger has previously worked on recordings by artists such as Dido, Keane, Pet Shop Boys and Phil Collins. From Wikipedia.
“Pathetic” Erik Hassle
Erik Hassle (born 26 August 1988 in Katrineholm, Sweden) is a Swedishpop singer-songwriter. Hassle was raised in a rural village two hours south of Stockholm and originally aspired to be a professional footballer. He grew up listening to soul music and realised his love of music early after listening to Wilson Pickett. He attended Rytmus, a musical secondary school in Stockholm where famous Swedish singer Robyn trained. He signed with TEN Music Group in 2007 and through TEN Erik also signed with Roxy Recordings for Sweden, Island Records for Europe and Universal Republic for North America. by Wikipedia
“Bleach” Jez Dior Feat. Danny score
Jez Dior is a Los Angeles based Hip-Hop artist. Being the son of 1970’s punk rocker Steve Dior – best friend of Sid Vicious and crafter of many Sex Pistols songs, he is no stranger to the music scene. He started creating songs at the age of 13 and has progressed immensely and matured as an artist. His idols range from Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain to the likes of Kanye West. Family life hasn’t always been the easiest for him as many deaths and his father’s addiction tore his family apart. His music all relates back to real life situations and struggles. Only being 20 years old he still has a lot of time ahead of him to continue to grow as an artist and to be able to brand himself into rap superstardom. From Last FM
“Got It” Marian Hill
Marian Hill Comprised of Jeremy Lloyd (production/songwriting) and Samantha Gongol (vocals/songwriting), the pair’s roots can be traced back as far as a middle school talent show that saw Lloyd – the son of a conductor and an opera singer – hear Gongol sing for the first time. Many a moon down the line, following a stint studying music composition at college for Lloyd while Gongol was cutting her teeth in New York as a songwriter, the pair reunited in the former’s bedroom studio. From Facebook profile.
“I want you” Saint Raymond
English teenager Callum Burrows, better known as Saint Raymond, rushed onto the music scene at the tender age of 18. He grew up in Nottingham, Burrows first caught the attention of the major labels in early 2013 after his debut EP, Escapade. Another EP appeared in early 2014 and gained radio support from BBC Radio 1. From All Muisc.com