Keep Watching - Jorja Smith by Eric Lum

There's something refreshing when hearing an authentically talented Artist deliver new work in a way that brings up old feelings, and is reminiscent of older music that has shaped your current music taste. You press play and sigh in relief.... "YES! Finally." 

When you play Jorja Smith's music these are the senses that are triggered. You get a sense of some Amy Winehouse and old jazz that makes you wish more people made similar music, yet thankful not a lot of people do because the rarity makes it all the more pleasurable.

Jorja Smith is an English Artist who knew she was going to be a singer since grade school and was signed by a management company at the young age of 15. Her first splash was in the beginning of 2016 with her track, 'Blue Lights' and she was introduced to the fanum community by our Tastemaker Al in April of 2016. 

Since then, Jorja has released two music videos that showcases her expansive artistic talent along with a debut EP "Project 11" which was recently released last week. We are warning everyone, more like gifting everyone with the knowledge, that they should add this new EP to their Spotify playlist, buy the EP, YouTube it, or however else you consumer music in today's world because it is truly a defining piece of work. 

With 'Blue Lights' and her other release 'Where Did I Go?' you get excited about Jorja's potential and with "Project 11" her talent and future as a soul/R&B singer is solidified. I'm talking the likes of other English stars including Amy, FKA and Aluna. Listen to "Project 11," and Jorja's other tracks, and be taken away by her strenuously beautiful voice, intrinsic use of instrumentation and original sound. As OkPlayer. correctly puts it, catch a listen "before the hype-train arrives." 

Favorite Tracks - 'Blue Lights' 'Something In The Way' 'Carry Me Home

Jukely + fanum - Madeon and Porter Robinson by Eric Lum

Author - Arisa Olazabal

Author - Arisa Olazabal

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The passionate Porter Robinson and mind-boggling Madeon hit The Theatre @ Madison Square Garden for two sold out nights. Yes, Porter Robinson and Madeon - a crazy B2B show.  A night of contagious, progressive, electro house - AKA The Shelter Live Tour.

Of course this combination is godly - euphoric dream/pop mixed with funky bass and glitch created the ultimate live aesthetic. Each transition was smoother than silk and the visuals outclassed any other tour I've been to this year. Their all new production design, emotive visual artistry, and perfectly syncopated live instrumentation, aligns the senses and causes your insides to tingle. 

The two opened up their set with their hit collaboration 'Shelter' which Madeon sang live. Released in late August, 'Shelter' was such a hit amongst both Artists' fans that they launched an entire tour together. I'm greedy, so won't be fully satisfied until a spontaneous side project emerges from this electrifying tour. 

You could really feel the magic of their mutual appreciation, when Porter introduced Madeon's 'Beings' with "Here is one of my favorite songs by Madeon" and went on to infectiously serenade us. The set wrapped up the way it started, closing with an acoustic version of 'Shelter'.

The stage tonight captured a genuine admiration and partnership that you don't often see with B2B tours. You don't want to miss an effervescent night of cutting edge technique, good vibes, and hopefully the ethereal discovery of a great new duo. 

Get on the Guest List for The Shelter Live Tour and more. Jukely's got you covered. 

 

Jukely + fanum - Snakehips by Eric Lum

Author - Arisa Olazabla

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Snakehips made their major Webster Hall debut on Saturday, as their North American Fall Tour came to town. The happy-house/euphoric R&B duo were joined by fellow IRL Artists like LAKIM

Coming on the scene with remixes for Banks, The Weeknd, Bondax, and Wild Belle, Snakehips quickly rose to fame on Hype Machine. They broke out with their 2015 single - "All My Friends" the ultimate anti-party song featuring luring performances from Tinashe and Chance the Raper. When Snakehips played this track, it got EVERYONE yell-singing. They also threw down tracks from close friends like Kaytranada, Cashmere Cat, and a perfectly timed "My Boo" for everyone to get their running man on. 

Snakehips seriously knows how to command a crowd - reworking old school hip hop while still celebrating their Electronic, genre-crossing style. The neon 'Snakehips' LED, along with hues of purple and blue, paired a perfect light show with the set's fluid energy. The night was non-stop as they worked in originals and mesmerizing 3D graphics that highlighted the show. Then out of nowhere, everything got real when Lion Babe came out and serenaded the crowd with "Treat Me Like Fire."

As long as Snakehips continues to visit NYC, I plan on never missing a show. I hope this North America tour lands them on a few Summer 2017 Festival Line-Ups!

Get on the Guest List for Snakehips North American Tour and more. Jukely's got you covered. 

 

Jukely + fanum.fm - Just A Gent by Eric Lum

Author - Arisa Olazabal

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Just A Gent's mix of wave crashing electronic melodies and organic vocals still have my ears ringing with sounds from the early days of dubstep. The 'King of #lovetronica' topped off my glass with a full serving of class and bass. 

Impeccably dressed and stylishly inclined, the 19-year-old Australian, Jacob Grant, has officially debuted his US & Australian tour with a performance at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right. The self taught, genius remixer first gained radio attention on Australia's Triple J Friday Mix with his 4 string remix of Kid Cudi's 'Day n Night' which shocked the soul with its deadly innovative arrangement. Just A Gent's debut EP, 'Stories To Tell' is the embodiment of #lovetronica, with a side of dubstep, and an extra large cup of temple trap. 

While the peeling walls of ongoing construction weren't the best look for the venue, Jacob took over the room with his energy, presence, and giddy gentle smile. Not shy about bringing the sounds of Australia to NYC, he rocked dubstep native Alison Wonderland, Melbourne singer/songwriters LANKS and Melissa Ramsey (from his title track "Heavy as a Heartbreak"), and balanced the night out with a little bit of 21 Pilots and Daft Punk. 

Move over Flux Pavillion, the future is an Aussie by the name of Just A Gent. 

Get on the guest list for Just A Gent's tour and more. Jukely's got you covered. 

 

Keep Watching - Noname by Eric Lum

The poster child of defiance against the controlling music industry has most notably been Chicago's very own Chance The Rapper. Proving that an Artist can do it on their own, remain authentic, and make a career out of it all, the expansion of Artists following his lead has grown exponentially. 

This is all good news, if that isn't obvious. Now we are forever influx of new, authentic music that stems from the hearts, minds and souls of genuine Artists, instead of music execs behind an expensive desk ordering haircuts to their high rise offices (actual anecdote and observation).

ANYWAYS.. one of the biggest and most prosperous cities to expand on this new trend has been the rooted in the birthplace of the poster child.. Chicago. You got Artists like Vic Mensa, Saba, Eryn Allen Kane, and Ravyn Lenae to name a few coming out with music that is reaching higher audiences based on pure talent. One Artist we would like to point out, and who you MAY have already heard about, is the talented Chicago, rapper Noname

When she was first added to fanum.fm all the way back in January of 2014 by our Tastemaker Marcus Dowling, the young rapper went by the name of Noname Gypsy but has since shortened to Noname. She received her first signs of recognition with her appearance on Chance's ground breaking mixtape 'Acid Rap' on the track "Lost". 

After teasing the general public of her talents, Noname continued to be featured on other up-and-coming rapper's projects including Mick Jenkins and Kirk Knight. We are suggesting that you Keep Watching Noname because she has finally broken down the door of mystery with the release of her debut album 'Telefone' and it has been critically acclaimed and praised by publications like Consequence of Sound,  Pitchfork and RollingStone

With a unique blend of soul, spoken word, hip-hop and gospel, Noname is a defining, unique up-and-comer with a credible backing that should be placed on your radar. If she's not there already. 

Jukely + fanum.fm - Marian Hill by Eric Lum

Author - Yo Fu

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A mellow piano made its way into a quiet Wednesday night. What’s usually a sweaty, wall-pounding weekend at Webster Hall was now filled with an ironic calmness. Suddenly, lights flashed, the beat dropped, and drove the unexpected crowd into a frenzy. Playfully, the music slid back down to the dreamy piano and vocals, before rising again with another flash - Marian Hill had arrived.

The duo, composed of producer Jeremy Lloyd and vocalist Samantha Gongol, unveiled their ‘Act One Tour’ with ‘Down’ - the lead single off their debut album. Throughout the show, the tease was on. Sam’s sultry voice going back and forth with Jeremy’s minimalistic beats. But real fans know, a Marian Hill performance is incomplete without their signature sax. The duo surprised the crowd when Jazz musician Steve Davit took the stage to open up ‘One Time’ - the lead single off their 'Sway' EP.

The atmosphere got a little sentimental when we sang along to a mellowed out rendition of Whitney Houston’s 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody'. But it wasn’t long until I realized myself dancing again, to the flirtatious ‘I Want You’ and ‘Got It.’

The momentum peaked when ‘sax man Steve’ got his curtain call, working black magic through an unexpected but flawless transition from ‘Whisky’ to ‘One Time.’ The show finally echoed out to the empowering “Boy I’m not the kind of drum you play one time.” Well, Marian Hill is definitely not the kind of show I’ll see one time.

Get on the guest list for the 'Act One Tour' and more. Jukely's got you covered. 

 

Jukely + fanum.fm - TroyBoi by Eric Lum

Author - Arisa Olazabal

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TroyBoi - an extraordinarily unique producer, hailing from London Town. His 'The Mantra Tour' was a mystical outpouring of trap-fusion and masterful production. 

'The Mantra Tour' opened with KRNE - the perfect party starter to an incredible night. His all music, no lights/visuals, set was enlightening that really focused my attention on listening to every musical choice he made. KRNE recently joined forces with epic trombonist Alexander Lewis to release 'Fall Apart' which made the crowd go wild. He continued with his remix of Baauer's 'Kung Fu' and finished with 'Propane' - a watery track fueled by eastern melodies and the grimiest bass. 

Complete with entrancing technicolor graphics and an acro-dance duo, TroyBoi fully drew me into his world. His use of ethereal soundscapes to build  up to signature neck-breaking drops makes TroyBoi's music a master class on the experimental trap sound. We got 110% of TroyBoi that night, including his works with fellow producers Icekream under the stage name SoundSnobz. He came in hard with 'OG', followed up by the sickening 'ili' that got everyone silly.. Suddenly, I was being rushed by bouncers clearing the elevated stage. Acrobats came in while his mega London collaboration with Stookie Sound 'W2L (Welcome to London)' played over the performance. After the dancers left, he dropped the wonkiest 'Do You?' and blasted out the show with his Maddecent release 'Afterhours.'

TroyBoi's a producer currently on fire, who's 'The Mantra Tour' gives you a front row seat into his world. 

Get on the guest list for 'The Mantra Tour' and more. Jukely's got you covered.

Signed Artist - William Singe by Eric Lum

With William Singe, we have a sensation on our hands. William is a 23-year old pop singer from Australia who has made his name singing popular Billboard 100 Hits in his own bedroom on his own webcam for the vast population on the internet. 

William started out on shows like the X-Factor in Australia, along with attempting to be in a boy band called The Collective, but found his own identity by being bored in his bedroom and covering popular songs like 'Trap Queen,' 'Hotline Bling' and 'Don't.' 

Collectively, William Singe's YouTube channel and song streams have around 100 million plays.. This summer William went beyond his bedroom into the office at RCA Records in the United States and signed a multi-million record deal. So best believe he'll be in our Timelines and News Feeds for some time to come. 

Mr. Singe was introduced to the fanum community by our Tastemaker Teresa back in November of last year. Here's a soulful cover of William covering a Tory Lanez song -