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FM Wu and Chris Chase Lead New Music Friday

Starting off New Music Friday this week is DC area artists FM Wu and Chris Chase and their collaborative single and music video, “John Wick”. It has been a busy week here at Alchemical Records, which makes sense because it has been a busy week for new music! We’ve got a fantastic mix of artists from the DC, MD, VA areas we lovingly refer to as the DMV music scene, New York and Cleveland, as well as the UK and Australia. It’s a beautiful blend of tracks from the U.S. and around the world, and you can find these and more excellent music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on YouTube and Spotify.

FM Wu and Chris Chase just released “John Wick”, a song inspired by the neo-noir action-thriller of the same name starring Keanu Reeves. The song has listeners walking a mile in Wick’s shoes, providing a stunning visual through the lyrics and the video that has us wondering how we might compare with the title protagonist if we were faced with his decisions, or experience similar situations in our daily lives. FM Wu and Chris Chase are both DMV artists who were brought together by a mutual connection for this track. “Once the beat was played for them the rest all fell into place with FM Wu taking the hook and first verse and Chris Chase with a perfect follow up.” The collaboration perfectly highlights each artist’s unique styles around this conceptual track, leaving listeners hoping they’ll collaborate again in the future.

Melbourne-based indie rock five-piece, Rancid Eddie, releases their fourth single, “Tiger Love”. The song is sweetly delivered with a primarily piano-based melody topped with vocals. Strumming guitar occasionally sneaks into the forefront of the mix earlier on and becomes the first hint of the anthemic ending that awaits you.

“DR SEBI is influenced by the life of the herbalist doctor from Honduras, Dr. Sebi (also known as Alfredo Bowman),” says UK-based contemporary R&B artist Savvie. “He lived a fruitful life impacting many people’s health who opted to steer away from traditional medicine.” The song has a really chill backing track that Savvie’s lyrics are able to dance around at varying speeds. We couldn’t pass up this opportunity to dance ourselves before taking the time to learn more about Dr. Sebi and hope you’ll do the same.

Washington DC area singer-songwriter Tejas Singh has delivered a poignant new single, “30 Days”. The song comes across as if we’ve just discovered we have only a few days left to live. “30 Days” makes us want to make things right with those we’ve wronged and to use the time we have left to check just a few more items off our bucket list. However, there could be deeper metaphors for you to uncover for yourself. This single was recorded with producer-engineer Devin Spear of Exhale Recording Studios who has worked with talents like Jarreau Williams, Kate Brunotts, and Footwerk. 

Directed by Michael Patten whose films have been featured by The New Yorker, Vimeo Staff Pick, Slamdance, and IIFR, the music video for “Mango Garry” by Boo Riley was shot on super 16mm Kodak film stock. The band’s principal creator Austin Lesch says the music video “shows a day in the life of a filthy rich philanderer and his feline companion as they traverse New York City in search of meaning above material wealth.” The song has a funky groove underlying Lesch’s soaring vocals making this track equally as interesting without the use of a visual aid.

“Neighborhood” is just one of the hits making its way to the latest full-length album released by Cleveland-based Tropidelic, All The Colors. Containing 12 tracks highlighting the band’s diverse influences in funk, rock, hip hop, and reggae, All The Colors also features collaborations with some of the hottest names in those genres. For “Neighborhood” that means contributions from Krayzie Bone & Prof, and for other titles on the album include Nick Hexum of 311, Brother Ali, Surfer Girl, Geoff Weers of The Expendables, and Little Stranger.

Written and produced by female duo Brit Fox and V1, “Knock Out – Remix” features fellow Ohio powerhouses Dallas Cash and Britana, alongside principal artist Brit Fox of Cleveland. “Knock Out – Remix” is a sensual song that hints at love or lust at first sight with lyrics showing admiration for each others’ bodies as well as our own. The track’s rhythmic sway reminds me a bit of Paula Cole, but Brit Fox is clearly not interested in fitting neatly into any one genre’s box.

Angel Hotel deliver their unique brand of UK electropop inspired by 80’s retro pop-rock. This Cardiff based Welsh quartet says “‘Automobile’ brings the sound of summer with the sunset in the rear view mirror. Not just a song about a car but a tune about wistful reflection, hopeful introspection and a bitter sweet theme running throughout.” It is a song and a video that asks us not to take ourselves too seriously and to have an appreciation for finding simple joy.

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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