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Gordon Sterling and The People Elevate New Music Friday

Washington D.C. area soul/rock band Gordon Sterling & The People are set to elevate your New Music Friday with a brand new album, Truth. The album release show is tonight at Pearl Street Warehouse and features an exclusive acoustic performance by Oh He Dead, another DMV fan favorite. Also this week are a couple new videos to help lift up your Labor Day Weekend.

If you are a fan of Gov’t Mule or Derek Trucks, you’re going to love the new album, Truth, by Gordon Sterling & The People. Every song is impactful and meaningful; full of heartfelt emotion and passionate displays of talent and showmanship. The guitar work is magnificent and prominently displayed throughout both the uptempo rockers and the slow jams. Stay tuned for future in-depth coverage of Truth from Alchemical Records but don’t wait to check out the whole album for yourself.

Sound The Alarm (feat. Patrick Stump) is a modern electronic track squishing the best of familiar genres into a beautifully compressed package. The elements of rock and pop-punk have feels like Baltimore, Maryland’s Ben DeHan or Washington DC’s Cherub Tree, while the reggae-ska vibes might have you thinking about the feels by Tropicalia or Bumpin Uglies’ Annpolis, Maryland. No matter what your angle, if you are a fan of Stu Brooks, Patrick Stump, or Fall Out Boy, this track will not disappoint. The video visual is kinda cool too.

Bruneian R&B/Pop artist Aisyah wrote and produced “All 2 You” to advocate for self-love, especially when it comes to taking care of our own needs and not sacrificing our wellbeing to please others. The track has oceans of depth. The music is dynamic and Aisyah’s vocal delivery is full of thoughtfulness and sensitivity. The message of “All 2 You” is presented with an elegance and clarity that Aisyah hopes will encourage and empower, saying, “If you’re struggling with putting yourself first, know that you’re not alone—and that there is music like this to support you in your journey to self-care.” 

And now for something that falls neatly into that pop-punk niche, Give You Nothing releases the brand new single, “The Hardest Part,” I’m again thinking of Ben DeHan and his former project American Diary. If you were in the Boston scene a couple of years ago you might also catch echoes of 51 Shortfalls. “The Hardest Part” makes me want to pick up a skateboard and give it a try, even though I know the near-death experience that awaits. This Santa Cruz, California band will remind you why you fell in love with California punk rock.

“Gas God” Lil Jairmy releases his newest single “Alaska” (produced by Hitmaka) alongside the music video. From top to bottom, this is a quality production. The lyrical content and visual themes complement one other nicely, and the song stands strongly on its own. The Mikey Rare-directed music video transports listeners into the midst of a winter wonderland of diamonds, cars, and women, while ironically cementing the song as a banger to close out the summer. “Alaska” is the latest single from Lil Jairmy’s forthcoming new mixtape, Gas God 2.

Nashville-based rising indie-pop talent Zach Seabaugh continues his summer collection of collaborations with “Thoughts,” featuring rap newcomer Jaxson Free. The track casually throws around some Jason Mraz vibes that are perfect for a lazy summer day in your hammock while “Thoughts” finds Seabaugh tossing and turning at night wondering what could have been with an old flame. Written by Seabaugh alongside Free, Josh Ross and Joel Hutsell, the song’s mellow vibes keep the mood light. We’ll be surprised if you don’t know the words by Monday.

Ferquan presents a beautiful new single and video, “Calling For You.” A love song that feels a bit like a hymn, “Calling For You” is filled with raw and passionate sentiments that speak of knowing one another, working through each others’ faults, and falling in love with that person even more. Ferquan puts his partner on a pedestal in a way that hopeless romantics will instantly resonate with. After listening, you might call, text, or at least send an emoji to the special someone in your life and let them know you are thinking about them. 

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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