The Australian alternative R&B trio Chase Atlantic has returned with their third album, Beauty In Death. Since forming in 2014, the band has released seven EPs, two full-length albums, and accumulated over two-hundred million streams on Spotify. The band has always pushed themselves creatively forward for every release. At the start, Chase Atlantic was a much different band than they are now. They once were pop-rock, but as they matured over the years, the band’s musical style followed. Chase Atlantic has always mixed elements of their rock influences by blending them in with elements of hip-hop. Now they’ve upped their game again by incorporating even more hip-hop and surrounding sub-genre elements into the mix. Adding all the new layers into their signature sound, Chase Atlantic pushes their sound further, for what is their most striking release yet. Following the same suit from the past nine releases, Beauty In Death was again self-produced by the trio.
Every once in a while, an artist or band comes along that obliterates the mold, and New York City’s post-hardcore quartet VRSTY (pronounced Var-Si-Ty) is doing just that with their brand new EP, Cloud City. VRSTY made up of vocalist Joey Varela, bassist Javy Dorrejo, drummer Chris Cody, and guitarist Paul Gregory blend the stylings of R&B, pop, and metal into an exhilarating and unique mix. Unlike their previous releases, the six tracks -seven if you count the bonus remix track- on Cloud City don’t all appear on the surface as full-on post-hardcore anthems. However, the band’s love of pop and R&B are incorporated more blatantly than ever before. The band delved into its creative possibilities and reached for the highest potential they could achieve with the brand new EP. The songwriting evolution that is on display on Cloud City is unlike anything of their previous sets of work. Additionally, unlike their previous two EPs that were self-produced, Cloud City was produced by Andrew Baylis. Whose notably known for his work with Bad Omens and Sylar.
Pop and R&B singer-songwriter Spencer Sutherland -from Pickerington, Ohio and now based out of Los Angeles- has released his latest single, “Wonder.” Spencer is looking to continue to make his presence known with the continuous release of singles this year. Spencer’s new single furthers this continued motion from his creativity as a musician. “Wonder” is a track that touches on the topic of overthinking. Spencer uses his lyricism to express some of the questions he has running through his head directly into the words you hear on the song.
Toronto’s genre defying and self-described boyband, The Free Label, are back with their newest single “Toys” following a tremendous year that saw the release of their second EP, M.I.A. The Free Label originally formed in 2017 as a funk cover band, before evolving into the multi-instrumental powerhouse you may know them as now, comprised of four charismatic Canadian musicians: Josh Daniel (vocals, guitar, saxophone), Mathew Fantini (bass, vocals), Malik Mungo (guitar, drums, vocals), and Cole Méndez (keys, synth, vocals), who all sing in addition to playing their respective instruments. “Toys” was once again produced by Gabe Galluci, who is best known for working with fellow Canadian artists such as Shawn Mendes, Francesco Yates, Johnny Orlando, and Ezra Jordan.
Recently our very own Samuel Stevens asked the Toronto pop/R&B group, The Free Label some questions pertaining to their brand new album, M.I.A, the past, present, and future of the band, and everything in between.