By Daniel Warren Hill
Happy Friday! We are jumping into the #newmusicfriday conversation on our site. You can find excellent articles about musicians from the DMV music scene and beyond with new music this week in every category of our site. In this section, we pay homage to some of the submissions we received that we didn’t have the chance to dig deeper into editorially for some reason or another. Without a doubt, these are still some incredible tracks by some artists you may recognize, and some you may not. You can find these and more great tunes on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture Playlist on Spotify and YouTube.
“Sol Supreme” Sol Messiah feat. Cambatta is an empowering track that acknowledges the long journey of self-discovery; through dark days and self-doubt, to arriving at the conclusion, “I reign sol supreme,” and every commitment and frame of mind in between. Appearing on the forthcoming album GOD CMPLX, coming September 30, 2022, “Sol Supreme” is a great indication of things to come, and there’s time to catch up to the previous five albums of conscious hip-hop excellence.
ѕιαн. (Siah) is a poet. It’s that simple. The fact that music production is even remotely involved is icing on the cake, and the icing is pretty sweet. “Seen” is the lead single from the debut album, see the sun, available now on all major platforms. While ѕιαн. has released a number of singles since launching onto the neo-soul, alternative / indie R&B, and alternative hip-hop scene in 2021, his ability to deliver such a personal and emotive experience in each track on the new album and to consistently maintain the environments he places listeners into makes this a must listen.
Consisting of creative dynamic duo G.R.I.E.F and HollywoodRoze, Shilla is an Atlanta, GA-based rap group that prides itself on their influences in multiple genres including rap, pop, rock, trap, emo trap, R&B. They comment, “You may even catch all genres of music in one song.” “IM SORRY I WAITED” is about recognizing when it is your time and seizing the opportunities in front of you. Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is to just take the shot, because we miss all the shots we never take.
Harder. Heavier. F.I.L.T.H. says their latest single “Addicted” is “about how at times, it seems the government uses the media companies, news channels, internet, and social media platforms to influence us to do what they want us to do.” The song has great energy that fans of bands like Rise Against, or DC hard rock bands Caustic Casanova and Black Dog Prowl. Hailing from Orlando, Florida, F.I.L.T.H attributes their sound as the combination of influences by artists like Korn, Sevendust, Nonpoint, Mudvayne, Disturbed, Godsmack, Static X, and Slipknot (just to name a few).
Out now on mau5trap, the label helmed by Lamorn’s mentor deadmau5, “Who We Are” is an exciting, optimistic, and inspiring track that feels whimsical, due in part to its sample-heavy nature. “‘Who We Are’ is a track I feel like I’ve wanted to make since I started producing. It’s always been a goal of mine to make a sample heavy song like this,” shares Lamorn. “I feel like it calls back to all the music of the mid 2000’s French electronic era that I grew up with, while also adding modern elements inspired by a lot of new music I love.” Lamorn was recently spotlighted alongside Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish and others in Billboard’s 21 under 21 feature, and he will be on tour through the remainder of 2022 on select dates of the ‘we are friends tour’ (WAF tour) supporting deadmau5 and NERO, as well as at Chicago’s North Coast Festival.
“To fall in love is to give in to my deepest fear” stands out as one of the best lines from “666” by independent R&B singer, songwriter and producer from Singapore, Nicco Homaili. “[The song] predicted the dissolution of my engagement with my then-fiancé in 2021. In retrospect, the fateful foresight exhibited in the song corresponded in an uncanny way to the fact that I halted making music in those three years so I could focus my efforts at doing the best for my relationship.” The metaphors run deep and are expertly delivered in a quality track that we expect many listeners will relate to. Now that Homaili has returned from hiatus we suspect this is just the start of another string of excellent new music.
“Better Me” by Baltimore, MD songwriter and producer mickey jas is a mellow song with a lot of layers. A rising star in the alternative hip-hop space, his debut single, “Angel Child,” released in March of this year has received more than 30,000 listens on Spotify alone. Lyrically, this song feels like it sits somewhere between how we grow as a person when we are with someone, and how we grow as a person once the relationship is over. These musical and lyrical complexities are beautifully tied together. Alchemical is excited for the chance to share more of this breakout artist in the future.
D’So Nyce and Brooks XY bring you “Sade’s Mood,” a song that feels like it comes from the perspective of an individual who has matured and is reminiscing about past experiences while exploring lessons learned. The storytelling is highly conversational, and the video’s casual feel helps convey that direct access to D’So Nyce. The music alternates between a smooth saxophone sound and a tension-filled bending guitar string. Keep an ear out for this rising Chicago-based artist.
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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