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Bumpin Uglies New Album For New Music Friday 10/7/2022

Happy Friday! Bumpin’ Uglies represent the DMV this new music Friday with “Wild Girls” and a new album. Fellow DMV band The Flip Phones have a new song precluding to their upcoming album. Rounding out this weekend’s new music an introspective track by Alex Kade, some “Feel Good” music by Illunis, and an homage to 90’s R&B by Brent Williams. I’d be shocked if these tracks don’t lift up your weekend in some way. 

Annapolis, MD punk reggae band Bumpin Uglies have just released a new single and music video for “Wild Girls” from the band’s newest full length album, Mid-Atlantic Dub. The album has some fantastic collaborations with SOJA, Little Stranger, The Elovators, Ballyhoo!, Tropidelic, and Trevor Young. If you are looking to celebrate “Wild Girls” or the wild girl in you, then this track will not disappoint. It’s got those party vibes and covers a wide variety of topics that you’re probably not mentioning when you’re folks ask you, “So, how was the show?”

“A 90’s inspired R&B/Pop track about turning the player into the played,” is how Brent Williams describes latest single, “The Fool”. It has a beautiful atmospheric vibe which augments the percussive nature delivered together with drums and guitar. Williams is a Canadian model, actor, and musician who debuted his quarantine-produced EP “Matters of the Heart” in 2021. This is one well-rounded triple-threat artist to keep an ear out for. “Both visually and sonically ‘The Fool’ is a love letter to some of the most influential black artist of the 90’s, but told through a queer lens.”

Carefree might best describe this song. It has a floating quality. It’s got great positive energy, but “Feel Good” rightly doesn’t try too hard. Illunis do an excellent job capturing a go-with-the-flow environment that you can take with you anywhere. Their description of their music is not only priceless, but also spot on: “If a “folky” Black Keys had a baby with The Lumineers.” Singer/songwriter Ali Valentine hope positive life messages like these are clearly felt across his body of work.

Alex Kade’s rendition of “WYD Now?” is his way of reaching out to long-distance lovers and telling them they’re still in his heart. A cover/sadboi EDM remix of Sadie Jean’s song of the same name, “WYD Now?” blends electronic elements with distorted guitars to create an introspective track that truly convey the sense of space between lovers separated by distance; physically or emotionally.

The Flip Phones of Arlington, Va share their latest single, “Man-Made Moon” “inspired by stories about China planning to put an artificial moon in the sky to help illuminate its cities and explores themes of humans vs. nature and dark vs. light.” The indie rock vibes complement the beautiful vocal performances by Lindsey and Ryan, the band’s creative duo. Drawing on influences including Gorillaz, The Decemberists, and Gaz Coombes, expect more music from The Flip Phones as they prepare to release their debut album this Fall.

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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