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Sol Messiah at the Top of This Weeks’ New Music Friday

By Daniel Warren Hill

Sol Messiah and his latest single/video “Roc Steady feat. Sa-Roc” leads this week’s New Music Friday selections. Here are some artists and songs that we certainly don’t want you to miss. Among them is bilingual sensation from the capital of the nation, Ting Lin. Or, go seaside with the reggae-ska vibes of Bumpin Uglies, from Maryland’s capital. From there we visit Floridian $not (on tour with dates in Virginia,” as well as Alexandra Starr of New York City and Ouida of San Francisco. It’s going to be a great weekend for new music from all over the world today, but we hope you enjoy these fine fresh New Music Friday finds from the U.S.A. Find these songs and more excellent music on the Alchemical Records Multiegenre Mixture playlists on Spotify and YouTube.

Sol Messiah releases his latest single, “Roc Steady (feat. Sa-Roc)” with this intense track full of passion, energy, and swagger. In the music video, directed by Tommy Nova, Sol Messiah and Sa-Roc take us inside a record store highlighting how record stores provide music fans the in-person opportunity to connect over hot new records and custom bling. Sa-Roc sings, “Me and Sol-Messiah didn’t come to play by your rules,” and this track is yet another impetus to secure your copy of the groundbreaking new album GOD CMPLX by Sol Messiah (available now for preorder). On that note, don’t forget Vinyl Record Day is Thursday, August 12. Sol Messiah and Sa-Roc are on tour together starting next month.

Washington D.C.-based independent singer-songwriter Ting Lin continues her mission to ‘promote cultural diversity, raise awareness on important social issues, inspire action, and break boundaries through music.’ Now with the release of “China Latina”, Lin performs entirely in Spanish for the first time. One of her previous singles, “Te Quiero” already clued listeners into Latin music’s influence on her work, but “China Latina” solidifies Lin’s position as an international artist with a clear enough message that will have far-reaching impacts on communities worldwide.

Annapolis, MD-based reggae/ska/punk band Bumpin Uglies are at it again with “No Love (with Little Stranger)”. The band’s fifth single of 2022 continues to yield Bumpin Uglies’ signature sound and the trend of strong collaborations. “Everything Changes (with The Elovators)” is the band’s previous single, and “Slow Burn (with Jacob Hemphill of SOJA)” started off this year’s run of hot new tracks. Bumpin Uglies is on tour right now, with dates in the DMV that include performances in Essex, MD; Solomons, MD; Grasonville, MD; and Richmond, VA.

Alexandra Starr of New York celebrates her independence in her latest pop single, “YFU”. The song title is short for “You fucked up,” which Starr uses as the platform to confidently declare “Imma do it my way” to whoever will listen. Without a doubt, “YFU” will have you singing along and joining the gang vocals for the song’s returning theme if you aren’t too busy shaking it on the dance floor.

Floridian rapper $NOT just released his latest single, “Immaculate” at the start of the 40 date “Grey Day” tour alongside $uicideBoy$, Ski Mask The Slump God, and others. The tour will be coming to Chartway Arena in Norfolk, VA on September 20. “Immaculate” is a chill track with elements of pop chiming throughout while $NOT spits rhymes that drive the track forward. The song lyrically focuses on acknowledging that to be able to live life in our own way is the what it truly means to live in perfection.

“If I have a way with words, then why is it hard to hear mine?” begins the latest single, “Nice To Meet You” by Ouida of San Francisco. However, the timid self-reflection the song begins with is quickly cast aside in exchange for the confident expression offered by  “Nice to meet you /  Introduce you to the real me,” and ” Nice to meet you / You don’t even have to like me.” It’s a song of empowerment that should inspire listeners to feel comfortable to always be themselves.

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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