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Alchemical Records Playlist Updates: Week of July 2, 2022

By Daniel Warren Hill

Enjoying another holiday weekend here at Alchemical Records, and hope you are enjoying yours! Here’s some new music of exceptional quality to get you through the 4th of July weekend. There’s a little something for everyone here, and without a doubt a reminder of the outstanding artists and music we wish we had opportunity to share with you in greater context.  Find this and more great music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify or YouTube.

German singer-songwriter Aquapax releases his debut single, “Fields of Grain” as an empathetic and compassionate observation of the war in Ukraine, a country that is largely covered by cornfields. It is raw and passionate with beautiful vocal harmonies and arpeggiated guitar, and reminiscent of something one might hear at a Renaissance Faire.

Hailing from Toronto, Canada, indie pop, alternative rock band of brothers, Beyond The Sun (Phil, Dalton, and Colin Radu,) have released a personal and emotive love song, “Rest of My Days” that swells and rises like a wave. This aggressively sweet track was co-written with Nick Wheeler of The All-American Rejects.

Fronted by forever sweethearts, Chris Spicer & Jen Deale, new wave / pop band Camp Crush from Portland, Oregon has released their latest single, “Shadows,” about regressing on issues we thought we had gotten past. Maintaining a  consistently smooth energy filled with atmospheric synths, one of this track’s strength is its ability to be so reflective without descending into melancholy.

Belgium-based alternative rock band BAR II release their first new music of 2022, “FAKE IT.” The track maintains their vision to release “pure, raw, dark deranged rock music,” and the resulting energy feels familiar while inviting us to peek into the world of the indie underground.

Written, recorded, and produced by Chaz Kiss with production contributions by Chris Pennie of Dillinger Escape Plan and Coheed and Cambria, “Bite My Tongue” is about the chance meetings we might have with an ex-partner who we know isn’t good for us, but that we still find irresistible in every way. The track contains some really interesting musical and lyrics twists that blend seamlessly together in ways we can’t help but want to hear more than once.

Neo-soul, alternative / indie R&B artist Shaan Kambli has an exotically beautiful new track, “Under The Surface” that explores individuals who are more complex than they might let on. The music video’s oceanic metaphor seeks to explore the depths and the layers of the person. The UK artist wrote, sung, filmed, and produced the audio and visuals from top to bottom revealing some of the layers of Shaan Kambli as well.

The title track from The Movement’s brand new EP, “Beg Borrow & Steal” has an infectious groove maintained by various rhythmic instruments with a melodic foundation of simple piano chords while the vocals blend elements of singing and hip-hop. The song evolves and expands so effortlessly that by the time you reach the end it’s hard to recognize how you got there.

“Falling,” the latest single released by Cleveland-based powerhouse pop artist Chayla Hope holds the potential to be as effective on the dance floor as it might be in your car with the windows down on a breezy afternoon. Exploring just how much our attraction to someone might be blamed on the alcohol, “Falling” was mixed by 10 time GRAMMY© Award winner Josh Gudwin (Bad Bunny, Justin Bieber, Dua Lipa), and blends traditional and electronic elements in a way that might make Maroon 5 proud.

June 24 saw release of JOBBERNOWL – a brand new album from the celebrated Canterbury, England psych-inflected pop rock band, Spygenius. The lead single, Son of the Morning, Go Man Go!” sets the tone for the other 10 infectious indie pop tracks found on the full-length album, available now on Big Stir Records.

Conscious / alternative hip-hop artist Lil Seyi’s latest single, “On E” is an incredibly dynamic track featuring sounds reminiscent of outer space, close communities, and orchestral ambience. “On E” is the final offering from this Maryland-born rising star’s 2022 EP, A Blue Tesla Story, available now on all major platforms. Without a doubt, this is one track and EP you definitely don’t want to miss.

Available now on Soundcloud and Bandcamp, “Can We Dance To This” is the latest single by Maryland songwriter, producer, and artist, Clifford. The follow up to singles, “Too Big Too Strong,” and “Close to Me,” released earlier this year, “Can We Dance To This” contains a funky groove and a jazz rock-infused piano sound that will certainly having you making the attempt!

Available now on Soundcloud, “Backroad Talk (ft. Claire Sully” has a beautiful melody reinforced by what sounds like the kokyu, a Japanese instrument played with a bow. Adult contemporary / rap artist, Tke from Dallas, Texas seeks to positively influence society with his music and “Backroad Talk” provides a cathartic opportunity for the artist while creating a peaceful environment for listeners to find healing of their own.

Daniel Warren Hill

Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records. 

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