Essential New Artist - Frank Liin by Eric Lum

We are here to write about and introduce you to the mysterious, entrancing song of Frank Liin. We cite him as mysterious because there isn't much on the internet as to who this Artist actually is. One theory is that the name 'Frank Liin' is an alias for the great Jordan Rakei

IF this is the case, which is looking all the more likely, this leaves this introduction down a whole 'nother lane. Which is fine, let us take this detour. 

Jordan Rakei is an Australian singer, songwriter and producer who seems to like to work off of different aliases and release a ton of music under different styles and realms. This multi-dimensional trait is impressive and entertaining for his fans to follow and watch. 

The most distinctive attribute to all of Jordan's music is his soulful voice. It's like butta. With his alias, including Frank Liin and Dan Kye, Jordan brings in his production skillz with some house vibes. 

Late last year, Jordan released his first album Cloak under his real name, but has stated in an interview that he was in a production phase and was going to start releasing music that focuses more on those elements. In the same interview, he even teased a potential folk album when he felt like focusing on songwriting again. 

We were entranced by this recent Fran Liin add by our Tastemaker by The Beatforest, only to realize it is an added glimpse to the talents of Jordan Rakei which was also added by The Beatforest earlier last year. These surprises are always fun to come by. 

Jukely + fanum.fm - Justice by Eric Lum

Author - Arisa Olazabal

Author - Arisa Olazabal

Rejoice, good people. After years of waiting, Justice has brought back their radiant lead-off rhythms and DIY sound, with their first album in five years - Woman.

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Even better, they returned to NYC for the best pre New Years Party in town. Thanks to guest list passes from Jukely, I was able to score last minute tickets and experience flashbacks of their addictive house drops that shook Pier 94 all night long. 

Crystal Castles opened with pure genius, showcasing their mastery through a crossover of hardcore and acid shoegaze. Their lo-fi vibes were the perfect warm up for the transcendent synth storm of Justice's epic soundscape. The French-touch legends took us to the smoother side, with deep house/techno cuts that were impossible for anyone to stop dancing to.

This show was marked by a unique 'casualness'. I'll never forget Justice enjoying a lollipop and cigarette during their set. As the french say, true relaxation of the DJ makes for an even more riotous dance floor. 

If you've never experienced the legends of French House, it's worth spending a good day diving into their brilliance

Get on the Guest List for some of Justice's future shows and more. Jukely's got you covered. 

 

Signed Artist - Russ by Eric Lum

Recent stats from 2016 show that hip-hop/R&B is the fastest growing genre of music in on demand audio streaming. Some are drawing the conclusion that this parallels the fact that hip-hop music is becoming the new pop culture in mainstream media within the United States. 

It has taken awhile for hip-hip to transcend to this caliber and with this trend, it is taking A LOT more for hip-hop Artists to actually make a name for themselves in the game. One Artist that was seen who has all of that potential to do this is Russ who combines an undeniable work ethic, a golden ear for production, and catchy rhymes to make music that captures the attention of the masses. 

Russ is a rapper/producer who claims ATL as his hometown, but is of Saudi background. He claims his only competition is Kanye West and Drake, he draws influence from groups like G-Unit and people have described his 'sing-songy' style as being subtly influenced by the likes of Kid Cudi. 

Russ' biggest feat in coming into the game is that before uploading anything onto Soundcloud, he had released 11 albums. Yes, you read that correct - 11 albums. This fact proves Russ' work ethic. Russ is an Artist who has not found success simply by making dope music (which is a dime a dozen in today's game), but by constantly pushing his sound out to the public without looking back.

Russ hasn't struck gold on just one track, but multiple songs have gotten insane amount of streams and views including the popular 'What They Want', 'Pull The Trigger' and 'Do It Myself'. His track 'What They Want' cumulatively has 50 million streams on YouTube and Soundcloud alone.

Russ' work ethic and constant outpouring of content has resulted in a major label deal with Columbia Records. His sound and image as an Artist are well defined and are just making their way into the world which will only broaden his appeal with his new signing.

Russ was added to fanum all the way back in October of 2015 by our Tastemaker Jay Lincoln and has just signed his deal with Columbia this Summer. We are waiting in anticipation to see how 2017 treats the young, hungry rapper/producer. 

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

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

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.