It’s a big day in big name music releases and while we feature a couple of those — Leon Bridges, Black Keys — but this week’s New Music Experience is primarily focused on a diverse array of artists around the edges of mainstream awareness. Some of them pull past sounds into the modern landscape from soul — Durand Jones & The Indications — to psychedelia — The Babe Rainbow — to Tropicalia — Marinero.
This is also a big week for releases that have played a big part in our short history. The first WNXP Nashville Artist of the Month Namir Blade released his new project this week with producer L’Orange. It’s our current Record of the Week. Our first Record of the Week artist Okey Dokey have a new EP out which we’ve featured on the New Music Experience. Former Record of the Week artist Daisha McBride has a new single and Nashville Artist of the Month for January Joy Oladokun (who has been featured on the New Music Experience more than any other artist) has a country song out with Maren Morris. Editorial Director Jewly Hight also shows up with a critical assessment of the new song from former Nashville artist Torres.
We look at new releases from Nashville indie labels such as Third Man who have a solo, psychedelic-influenced gospel record from Natalie Bergman of Wild Belle which Uncut calls “a remarkable act of spiritual resilience” and Dualtone who have been releasing a series of cover songs from their catalog as they celebrate 20 years in existence. We finish with Nashville artist Bantug who celebrates her self-released album today.
We begin with the now consistently inconsistent untitled underground artist spotlight. This time it’s Sans Soucis, London-based artist of Italian-Congolese heritage has been noticed by Clash Magazine, Fader, the Line of Best Fit and others but still has a relatively low number of followers and streaming plays. That seems temporary.
- Sans Soucis: “I’m On”
- The Babe Rainbow: “Ready For Tomorrow”
- Torres: “Don’t Go Puttin’ Wishes In My Head”
- Durand Jones & The Indications: “Witchoo”
- Jelani Aryeh: “From These Heights”
- Leon Bridges: “Motorbike”
- Marinero: “Through the Fog”
- Coma Culture: “In Love”
- Wild Child: “My Favorite Picture of You”
- Natalie Bergman: “Paint the Rain”
- Black Keys: “Sad Days Lonely Nights”
- Bantug: “From the Start”