Holiday Classics Performed by the Very Best

We are so excited to share with you all of the wonderful holiday music that has come across our desks so far!! Kick-off this holiday season with Freekbass, named “the new spiritual warrior for the funk,” by Bootsy Collins, and his very funky rendition of “Happy Xmas (The War Is Over)” by John Lennon and […]

LargeUp Premiere: Watch Spragga Benz’s “If Yuh Ready” Video Feat. General Levy

Back when Spragga Benz was making a name for himself as a crossover dancehall artist, moving between the worlds of Jamaica and New York City in the mid 1990s, General Levy was making similar waves in the U.K., bringing his yardie chat style to genre-defining jungle and drum and bass tracks. [Read More] The post LargeUp Premiere: Watch Spragga Benz’s “If Yuh […]

PR Pro Tips

Top 5 things to ready when starting your PR Campaign Mastered Music Links – the first impression is a lasting impression. To ensure that you are always putting your best foot forward when it comes to presenting your music to tastemakers, deliver mastered links with metadata, both streaming and download versions. Much like you and me, writers […]

LADAMA: NPR Tiny Desk Concert

During the course of their performance behind the desk, the four core members of LADAMA — Lara Klaus, Daniela Serna, Mafer Bandola and Sara Lucas — had a chance to display their individual cultural and musical roots as part of an engaging and mesmerizing whole. Represented in glorious musical virtuosity are Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela, […]

Billboard PREMIERE: SoCal Band Pepper Sends an Animated ‘Warning’ With New Video: Exclusive

Pepper is ready to take you across the globe with its video for new single “Warning,” which is premiering exclusively on Billboard today (May 9).  The trio — comprised of Kaleo Wassman (lead vocals, guitar), Bret Bollinger (bass), and Yesod Williams (drums) — brings its laid-back reggae-inspired flair to the Stick Figure-produced track that perfectly segues into the pending […]

Rocky Dawuni: Another Dimension of Diaspora Music

Rocky Dawuni is one of Ghana’s best-traveled musicians these days. He lives between Los Angeles and Accra, but his signature “Afro Roots” sound—a blend of reggae, highlife, Afrobeat and more—brings him to concert stages and recording studios in places like Zanzibar, Nairobi, and Harare, Zimbabwe, as well as throughout Europe and the United States. Dawuni’s […]

Complex Premiere: Xiuhtezcatl Links Up With Jaden Smith on “Boombox Warfare”

Jaden Smith has joined forces with environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl on a new track called “Boombox Warfare.” The song finds the young artist reflecting on the political power of music and the ways it has helped promote Xiuhtezcatl’s cause. The 18-year-old indigenous Mexican American has gained national attention for his fight against environmental injustices, specifically taking a stand against climate […]

Fierce by Mitu: Up Next: Meet The Dominicana Ready To Be The Global Matriarch Of Spanish Hip-Hop

Up Next is a FIERCE series highlighting rising Latina and Latin American women artists you might not know about but definitely should. As urbano music sets the globe ablaze, Melymel’s flaming rap en español is also burning vigorously. “La Mamá del Rap,” as the lyricist, born Melony Redondo, has been nicknamed in her native Dominican Republic, is […]

NPR Music TINY DESK: Alfredo Rodríguez

Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez gave our office audience a very quick lesson on why pianists from that island nation are so impressive: they treat the piano as the percussion instrument it is. Rodríguez immediately let fly with an intense flurry of notes that were as melodic as they were rhythmic. The mash up of European lyricism and […]