At a time when little shocks or surprises comes Rïcïnn and the track “Uma” from the forthcoming LP Lïan. There could be no better track to introduce the world to this artist’s astonishingly beautiful album, a record destined to become one of 2016’s best. As a child Rïcïnn created her own language, believing that her musical utterances possessed healing properties. Perhaps it does. Standing on the outside of this nomenclature one can only feel the power of Rïcïnn’s expression and it is never less than deeply moving.
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North Carolina is close to Atlanta geographically, but not musically as its hip-hop shares far more in common with New York rap. Charlotte’s Rapper Shane is heavily influenced by ‘90s hip-hop, including Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Z and Nas. “Started” may as well be Rapper Shane’s manifesto as it feels like a statement of purpose, as he announces that “it ain’t over now / I’m just getting started”. In a way he is just getting started as Rapper Shane. given that he previously worked under the moniker Stranger Day. Shane‘s got a super confident flow bristling with energy and passion, rather like Nas. Meanwhile, the song’s groovy slow jam beats just kill with incredible production from Ducko McFli.
East Nashville’s Wild Ponies are a rockin’ Americana band with one hell of a lead singer. Telisha Williams has a powerful set of pipes with an instantly recognizable sound and she plays with a band that can rock the house on amps set to 11, starting a fire with twang-tastic riffs and killer harmonies. Wild Ponies have a new album, Radiant, coming down the pike May 13th via No Evil Records and we are sharing the new single “Graveyard Train” today. The tune is raucous and righteous, highlighted by monster heavy guitar riffs, a ton of attitude and that wondrous voice of Telisha Williams, who evokes Miranda Lambert at her best.
Doug Williams tells PopMatters that “this is one we wrote a while back. Some friends told us about a cemetery in Garland, Texas that is divided by a train track. The train just runs right through there seven times a day. How can you not write a song about that? They even sent us pictures. It’s just a lot of fun to play, in the studio and live. We just kick it off and let it go. Sometimes it gets kind of wild.”
At 79, nothing is slowing cult hero Andre Williams. His past is as colorful as his music, with Williams hustling for six decades as a singer and performer and… hustler. Hey, that’s what you have to do to spend a life in music and not get hustled yourself by a really tough industry. Williams wears his scars well. Whether he’s been up or down, he’s always been Andre Williams and always able to bounce back and stand strong. And here he comes again with a brand new album, his fifth for Bloodshot Records, the highly respected Chicago-based alt-country and roots music label.
Americana band Yarn has gone through a lot of changes over the last little while, including relocating from Brooklyn to North Carolina and having relationships end. Blake Christiana explains, “We were dealing with real life issues. Broken relationships, a sense of having to regroup and put some things—and people—behind us. The new songs became kind of a catharsis. Nothing was contrived. We didn’t have to relate to it in the third person. We were living these circumstances, and that gave us the impetus and inspiration to share our sentiments. Ultimately those setbacks and difficulties led to new opportunities and allowed a little light to shine through.”