Funk

Spocket @ Bourbon On Division (9/28)

Last Month Spocket released their first single, “What Was”, in three years. The track, the first from their upcoming EP, is a sprawling blend of jazz and Psych Rock. It features Konstantine Stebily, Carl Kennedy, Pondstar, Alex Blomarz, Josh Torrey, Luke Angle, and Paul Van Altena.

You can catch Spocket on September 28th at Bourbon on Division (2050 W. Division) opening for New Orleans band Papa Grows Funk.

   

Genie of The Lamp pay homage to Mac Dre in "Since '84" live cover video

The quartet Genie of The Lamp are dedicated to paying homage towards Bay Area legend Mac Dre, who was instrumental in developing the local hip-hop scene. In their newest video for “Since ’84” (streaming below,) they channel nostalgia through vintage video effects and a stripped-down visual approach. The live cover of the track does justice to the original, highlighting both the technical execution and the Bay Area spirit of Genie of The Lamp. - Lilly Milman 

   

National Sawdust's Revolution returns on 08.25 with Hadassah, Rae Isla and Madam West

Laser focused on booking the best emerging NYC artists from genres ranging from pop to soul to hip hop, The National Sawdust's monthly Revolution series returns this coming Saturday (August 25th) with its 30th installment involving three talented soulful artists.

Latinx American singer, songwriter, and producer RAE ISLA writes stylish and passionate songs about love and our connection to the divine; African-American female neo-soul singer and songwriter from Long Island, Hadassah delivers experiential stories while fusing jazz, soul, and electronica on a minimalist backdrop; NYC-based psych-soul quintet Madam West seek to find, through their songs, the sunlight that remains—even in a cold-shouldered city, during what often seems like the darkest of times.

Listen to a playlist of their songs below, and don't miss them live on Saturday at Revolution #30!

   

Phony Ppl burst with personalty on "Before You Get A Boyfriend"

It seems every summer the temperature becomes more and more unbearable. That’s why it’s so refreshing to hear the breezy and cool return of Phony Ppl. After three years without any new material, the group has returned with the vibrant “Before You Get A Boyfriend” video (streaming). Sun-kissed guitars and splashy keys make this the perfect song to mark the beginning of the end of summer. You can watch the video below. – Tucker Pennington

   

From the Submissions: Funk/R&B band Valipala

Take a little bit of '60s Motown funk, mix that with today’s R&B, add with some jazz overtones, and you have Valipala. Their debut EP Mango City, released last October, is a fun, twisting journey through genres. The opening track “Mongolian Afternoon” (streaming below) showcases the powerful vocals of Lauren Scales; it sounds like the soundtrack to a happy, sunny, summer walk through the city. The band does an excellent job of giving the spotlight to each instrument at one point or another and their cohesion as bandmates is also evident in the EP's fourth track “Century Star.” Scales’ airy yet solid voice carries lightly over the instruments behind her, creating a harmonious blend of synths, drums, brass section, and voice. -Lily Crandall

This artist submitted music for coverage here.