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Jack Hodges Releases Alternative Pop Track “Strange Feelings”

“Strange Feelings” is a new and exciting single release from singer and songwriter Jack Hodges. The song immediately stands out for its lush, driven and direct textures. The snare sound in particular, is absolutely massive, as if it was echoing from deep down the bottom of a cave. I love the dark, haunting vibes of this track and Jack does a really great job at keeping up with the melodies and textures of this track with his laid-back and on-point vocal performance.

On this track, Jack reminds me of talented artists such as Frank Ocean or D’Angelo, combining unique textures with some stunning sonic ideas. The production value of this single is definitely worth mentioning. The track is absolutely world-class and the mix is balanced and masterfully executed.

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Corey Zaks Teams With The Nik Naks For This Fun And Quirky Track “Float Away”

A dynamic collaboration, Corey Zaks teams up with The Nik Naks for his fun and quirky first album, featuring “Float Away”. Corey Zaks and The Nik Naks make a naturally felicitous team, creating a light-hearted track which portrays a silly and friendly quality. Harbouring an indie-pop feel, they integrate a retro style funk and soul essence into the mix.

Using a combination of instrumentals, Corey Zaks creates a refreshing and gratifying sound, completely engaging his listeners. “Float Away” focuses on the highs over the lows, drawing attention to the effect Summer has on people, using this to describe a euphoric feeling. The use of string instrumentals accompanied with an idiosyncratic sounding bass demonstrates his nonchalant nature. As the tune progresses, each of the instrumentals play a part which evolves. The synthesizer plays with a futuristic sound, an enthralling addition to the melody that holds a nostalgic persona. “Float Away” opens a door into an untroubled world, presenting life in a joyous vision where the melody is as jaunty as the lyrics.

-Aly McHugh

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Swnami’s new track ‘Dihoeni’ proves that good music is of a universal language

For years, the dominance of American and British music scenes has meant a ubiquitous presence of English-written lyrics performed by people all over the world. Outside of the phenomenon of K-Pop and the splashes of Spanish heard in pop tracks, so few languages ever get recognized in the same contexts as their English-speaking counterparts. Swnami unashamedly sings in Welsh and their new track Dihoeni proves that good music is of a universal language.

This track combines fun, eccentric indie music with the energy of pop music. It’s hard to deny the good vibes surrounding the melodiously textured track. Even without knowing a single word, you can dance to this. Without understanding a single theme, you can connect with this. Without recognizing that this is, indeed, Welsh…you get the point. Swnami is certainly an act to pay attention to as there are sure to be plenty of great jams to come.

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A&R Factory Present: Teenear Renee

Born and raised in Miami, music found 17 year old Teenear Renee at the tender age of three. She gained her determined and positive spirit from a supportive family and from a musical influence that she emulates; an artist like Michael Jackson left an indelible mark and has truly molded Teenear into developing her own soulful pop sound.

At a young age Teenear discovered that she could sing and has showcased and honed her skills in pageants, talent shows and the praise team at her church. A prolific moment for Teenear was a talent show in her early teens where she performed Rihanna’s “Stay” and captivated her audience and that performance helped her decide that she wanted to share her voice with everyone “Being on that stage and singing gave me such a push and drive and I loved it so much” says Teenear “I remember when I went back stage after the performance and people came up to me telling me they enjoyed the performance and asking for my picture. It was a great moment and it gave me so much confidence to push further.”

The past year has been a defining time for Teenear, with the encouragement of her parents she uploaded pop covers on YouTube and received incredible feedback. That feedback has given her the opportunity to record original records and she is currently working on a fun, summer song she wrote called “Friday Night” that is sure to cause some waves online “The song is basically about a girl who recently broke up with her boyfriend and how he is constantly worrying about her and checking up on her but she’s moving on, Its Friday Night! She’s going to have fun! ,” says Teenear “I love it, it’s fun and gives a little confidence boost to us girls.”

Teenear Renee is currently in the studio recording and prepping her new single. With all that is happening, Teenear is destined to share her voice with the world “…I plan to strive and perform in unbelievable places, grow vocally, grow as an artist, touch people with my music,” she says “and most importantly glorify God throughout my entire career!”

Produced by Malkia “Milk” Hornsy and Kazha “Sizz” Hornsby, “Streetlights” is a brand new offering from the Miami native that details her personal struggles between balancing a love life and career as an artist. Of the single, Teenear says, “Let’s just give it our all. Let’s dance and enjoy the moment”. Dreamy and melodic, “Streetlights” is a precursor to bigger records, dropping this summer.

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