Artist to Watch – Cris V

So today I want to give you that new new, that freshest of the freshest. I want to introduce you to an artist who I know for sure you haven’t heard of yet. His name is Cris V, he’s from Long Beach, California and he’s 26 years old. I think every artist is unique and no two voices really sound the same BUT I can’t hold back from saying that Cris’ voice is giving me some serious nostalgic Musiq Soulchild vibes in the best way possible! When he sings he’s transferring his positive energy onto his listener and it feels like he’s telling you a story.

On his Soundcloud¬†you can listen to the development of his songs over the past 3 years. His lyrics are real, honest and relatable and most likely to have you in your feelings a bit. My personal favorite of his Soundcloud songs is “Too Much“, so make sure you check that one out.

Now, Cris has released his first EP called “Note To My Younger Self”. His first single from that is “Where I’m From”, a suuper chill song that includes jammy guitar sounds and a very smoothly embedded rap part. You should also watch the video because it’s NICE. In the end he says “This is the type of joint that you can play back to back, back to back, it’s old school, it’s like putting on a record player, walking down the street with the walkman on” and I completely agree. On the track “Teenager” he sings about his first love, the struggle that is connected to that and the hope that they might have a chance of getting back together in the future. My favorite song on the EP is “Good Enough”, a song about an insecure girl who he is telling that she is beautiful the way she is. Kind of like the smoother R&B version of “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction haha and I love that song so this is definitely a compliment. All in all, I think Cris is just getting started and this EP shows his great talent and potential, I can’t wait to see where it will take him.

So go check him out and tell me what you think. And remember where you heard it first.

Aloe Blacc’s #SummerSoundtrack

Aloe Blacc is bacc! (Pun intended) You probably know him from his classics “I Need A Dollar” and one of my all time favorites “The Man”. Even though this 39 year old artist has even been nominated for a Grammy once, he is probably still one of the most underrated artists out there. I don’t really understand why though because he got the kind of voice that literally makes the sun rise. Aloe has been releasing a new album every 4 years since 2006, which makes his new single right on time. So without further ado, here’s the lyric video for his new single “Brooklyn In The Summer”, which is a beauuutiful love song with the most beauuutiful metaphor “You feel like Brooklyn in the Summer”, and everyone that has been to Brooklyn in the Summer will know exactly what he means by that!

Here you go!

Heatwave forecast for June

Attention fellow advocates of real good music. I know, I know man’s not hot but you should consider leaving your jacket in the closet because June will be a very heated month. Here’s a list of the artists releasing their new projects in June – after Pusha T’s album on May 25 which is produced by Kanye:

June 1 – Kanye West

June 8 – Kid Cudi (joint project with Kanye titled “Kids See Ghosts”)
June 8 – Jorja Smith (debut album, not produced by Kanye titled “Lost & Found”)

June 15 – Nas (produced by Kanye)

June 22 – Teyana Taylor (also produced by Kanye, duh)

And of course Drake’s new album titled “Scorpion” (exact release date tba) – not produced by Kanye…or is it? Nah, the executive producers on this project are Noah “40” Shebib and Oliver El-Khatib, but after their little vacation in Wyoming it is pretty safe to say that Drake will appear as a feature on Kanye’s new album.

So my suggestion is to make a little adjustment to our calenders this year to:
January, February, March, April, May, Kanye, July, August, September, October, November, December.

I’ll let you start your mental preparation now and in order to make the wait more bearable for you here’s my Freshnesss playlist where you’ll find the freshest of the fresh releases updated every New Music Friday. You’re welcome.