Bachyard Ghost flips his “BAD DREAMZ” into an understated hit

The intersection of early 00s pop-punk nostalgia and contemporary hip-hop is really having a moment, and one of the most interesting new voices in the hip-hop space that’s taking that in his stride is San Fernando valley relative newcomer Bachyard Ghost, with the ruminating and hooky, “BAD DREAMZ.” Whilst his sound isn’t defined solely by this recent crossover, the sombre edge of both his lyricism and aesthetic easily accommodates the slick usage of those elements, pushing his technicolour melodies into different pockets of your mind.

The plucked guitars of the intro, which sustain to become the backbone of the instrumentation are soon backed up by a counter melody that adds a sense of thought-provoking wonder; the foolproof foundation for the rose-tinted lyricism that ponders on both the titles concept and days gone. “I think a lot of people can relate to having trouble sleeping or being kept up by their thoughts,” he outlines in an email statement. “I wanted this song to be hopeful or at least comforting which is why it sounds so bright.”

Despite the melancholic lyricism, that sense of hope and brightness he alludes to is heartily delivered by the wholly melodious edge of his voice. His silky, autotuned croons glide across the trap-laced production, dropping one earworm melody after another, even going as far as leaping up for a soaring falsetto with disparate ease.

With a handle on how to write such addictive hooks that are interspersed by the contemplative verses, expect Bachyard Ghost’s immediate upward trajectory to continue on a dizzying incline, 2021 and beyond.

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Joseph Ray releases cinematic sophomore EP ‘300 Below’ via Big Beat Records

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Joseph Ray, better known as a founding member of veteran UK electronic group, NERO, has released his sophomore solo EP titled 300 Below via Big Beat Records. The ethereal melodic techno and bass extended play follows Ray’s solo debut and double single, Room 1.5 / Chem-EX, which landed on Above & Beyond’s Anjunadeep label imprint in August 2019, as well as a collection of edits and bootlegs aptly shared ahead of the 10th anniversary of NERO’s debut album, Welcome Reality.

By no mistake, 300 Below presents itself in the most cerebral way possible as the five-track EP manages to perpetuate the unifying dystopian concepts of Ray’s primary artistic project. The EP characterizes genres such as experimental drone, ambient, IDM, drum ‘n’ bass, and techno while dispensing contemporary elements of neo-classical atmospheres and composed dialogue. Ray’s immersive sophomore delivery journeys through time and space, simultaneously offering a deeper perspective on Ray’s solo vision through some of his best work to date. Stream Joseph Ray’s 300 Below EP.

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Concertgoers at Red Rocks Amphitheater can get now get vaccinated onsite with new ‘a shot, a pop, and a shirt’ promotion

Concertgoers at Red Rocks Amphitheater can get now get vaccinated onsite with new ‘a shot, a pop, and a shirt’ promotionREZZ REDROCKS 6379 Copy

Concertgoers at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater will now be able to get a COVID-19 vaccination shot alongside select musical performances beginning May 13. The venue is doing a promotion that offers “a shot, a pop, and a shirt.” Those who get vaccinated at select concerts will receive a voucher for concessions and a Red Rocks 80th anniversary t-shirt.

“The entertainment industry only works when people are able to gather together, and a healthy audience is vitally important at Red Rocks,” said Red Rocks spokesman Brian Kitts. “We’re making it easy to come to a concert and leave knowing that our fans have protected themselves, their families and their fellow music lovers.”

The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment will oversee the distribution of vaccines, and the effort is a creative way for the DDPHE to focus on vaccinating younger concert goers who may not have previously had access to the vaccine.

The first concert fans will be able to receive a vaccine onsite is Diplo and SIDEPIECE‘s Higher Ground show on May 13, which will have 100 single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines for any person over the age of 18, available on a first-come, first-served basis. The news comes just days after the Avett Brothers posted that they received notice that Red Rocks would likely be open at full capacity for their three shows, slated to take place beginning on July 9.

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Jay Z has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021

Jay-Z has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Following in the footsteps of The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac and N.W.A and Public Enemy, Brooklyn-born Jay-Z is the most recent hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, after the inductees were revealed earlier this week.

Alongside singer-songwriter Carole King, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Todd Rundgren and Tina Turner, Jay-Z makes up the 2021 performers list, with electronic group Kraftwerk and blues musician Charley Patton recieving awards for Early Influences.

Earlier this week week it was announced that Jay-Z has reportedly filed a new trademark for a TV and film production company. 

Elsewhere in Jay-Z’s business portfolio, he sold streaming platform Tidal to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey back in March, for a price of $279m.

It was also revealed last year that the rapper was posting bail and paying fines for protestors in Wisconsin, after the death of 17-year-old Black teenager Alvin Cole, who was shot and killed outside a Wauwatosa mall in February 2020.

Loraine James drops new album track, ‘Let’s Go’: Listen

‘Reflection’ will be released via Hyperdub in June

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Thursday, May 13, 2021 – 15:20

Loraine James has shared a new track from her forthcoming album.

Titled ‘Let’s Go’, the single is the second track to be shared from James’ forthcoming album ‘Reflection’, which was announced in back in March alongside lead single ‘Simple Stuff’. The new album follows her 2019 breakthrough LP ‘For You & I’, which DJ Mag crowned as its favourite release of that year

The tracks on ‘Reflection’ were made during the summer of 2020, and the project is described as “a turbulent expression of inner-space”, examining the experience of the past year from the perspective of a young, queer Black woman. 

Listen to ‘Let’s Go’ below, and pre-order the album — which features collaborations alongside Le3 bLACK, Nova and Iceboy Violet — here.