The Breakers - RNR's Guide to the BEST new music

We love finding new music.  More so, we love sharing the new music we find with you!  That's why we've launched The Breakers - a new music feature highlighting songs and artists we think you'll love! Check out who we've been checking out below! 

Bakar - Hell N Back

 

When the song Hell N Back arrived at the station ... we fell in love with Bakar immediately... we weren't alone either - everytime we played the track - more and more of you reached out asking about the singer from London.  

 

Turns out - we weren't the only ones who were impressed ... the musician - who got started by posting tracks to Soundcloud using samples from Bombay Bicycle Club and King Krule - has also caught the ear of Elton John and Skepta. He's been compared to Bloc Party and says he uses bands like Foals and Madlib to create a sound that's a melting pot of indie, rap, rock, and punk.  

 

check it out for yourself ... the only thing we can't figure out is why he didn't list LP or Peter Bjorn and John as an influence ;) 

 

Bakar - Hell N Back (Official Video)

 

 

 

 

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Moon Taxi - Hometown Heroes

 

 

Moon Taxi are some  stand up guys ... but we've known that ever since they agreed to perform at our Eastportaricans - for - Puerto Rico Fundraiser back in 2017.   

 

The Nashville natives are back with a track called Hometown Heroes. The song's title and message has taken on new meaning in the recent months. According to the band: 

We realize the title of our current single, “Hometown Heroes” has an entirely different meaning in today’s landscape and want to shine a light on those who have and continue to sacrifice their time, energy, and health in order to keep us safe and healthy. ??

As an added bonus - the band is featuring fan's Hometown Heroes in a new video for the track. You can  ??submit a photo, video, and description of who that person is  - whether it's a friend who is a nurse, a neighbor who helped pick up debris after recent storms, your local grocery store clerk, or even you. ... Submit your photos HERE ... and enjoy the animated video fo the track

 

 

 

 

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Milky Chance & Jack Johnson - Don't Let Me Down

 

Shocker - we love new music (why else would we have this feature) - but when new music is a collaboration from two of our favorite artists - it's like a double rainbow! 

 

Bringing us to Don't Let Me Down - the new single from Milky Chance and Jack Johnson.  Seems like an odd collaboration - a German Electronic Pop duo teaming up with an American surf folk artist - but  Milky Chance recently revealed why it isn't.

 

On a live stream performance, lead vocalist/guitarist Clemens Rehbein said:

 

"We listened to Jack's music since we were teenagers, so we've been big fans for years now.  And it was such a nice experience meeting him on tour two years ago, I guess, for the first time? That already felt like a life goal. And we kept in touch and then we started working together on that song. And now it's out and it's just very exciting."

 

Turns out that the two parties met in 2018 in Europe.  Jack invited Milky Chance to perform at the Moon & Stars festival in Locarno, Switzerland. They shared the stage again at the inaugural Sea.Hear.Now in New Jersey.

 

So will this be the only musical output we get from this new friendship between Milky Chance and Jack Johnson - who knows ... but really - who cares, we're quite content with just this track

 

Milky Chance - Don't Let Me Down feat. Jack Johnson

 

 

 

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Fiona Apple - Shameika

 

Fiona Apple came back in a big way - releasing her first LP since 2012 - Fetch The Boltcutters.  The album was being hailed as the record of the year in the days after it was released ... in MARCH!

 

And now - not only has Dave Grohl praised the album for helping him get through his quarantine - it is currently the highest-rated album of all time on Metacritic - which “distils the opinions of the most respected critics writing online and in print to a single number” ... damn ... no wonder we can't get enough of it ... every track on the album is wonderful - but Shameika is the one we keep coming back to  ... 

 

Fiona Apple - Shameika (Audio)

 

 

Normally - this is the part of the review where we send you to the artist's social media pages .. but since Fionna has a YouTube page and a MySpace page - we'll skip this feature ;) 

Black Pumas - Fire

 

There's not much we need to say about Black Pumas that hasn't been said already - 

 

"Sam Cooke meets Wu Tang"

"A soulful explosion"

"...tapping the collective unease of the national moment"

 

But the latest single off their self titled debut album - FIRE - is a track we've really been digging by this Austin TX duo comprised of Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada .. fun fact - Quesada made his way from LA to Austin by busking from town to town  ...

 

We were really looking forward to seeing Black Pumas when they came to Baltimore this summer - but for now we'll have to listen to the record (or watch their ACL set) until the touring world resets and they are able to come back through 

 

Black Pumas - "Fire" (Timelapse Mural Video)

 

 

 

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Illiterate Light - Sometimes Love Takes So Long

 

 

When our SXSW correspondent Bobby on the Street came back from Austin in 2019 - there was one band he could not stop talking about having seen.  

 

Illiterate Light - a frantic yet melodic band out of  Harrisonburg, Virginia - that are able to make such amazing sounds - despite just being two people.  And the more we learn about them - the more we love - like the fact that they toured the East Coast by bicycle or that lead singer/guitarist Jeff Gorman's uncle Steve Gorman the drummer for the Black Crowes  or the fact that they love to play secret house shows in Catonsville Maryland! 

 

Their self titled debut album stayed in our rotation here for most of the year ... we invited them to play our 2019 Snowball at the Ottobar ... and now - we are thrilled with the latest single - both the official release and the live version  

Illiterate Light – Sometimes Love Takes So Long 

 

Illiterate Light – Sometimes Love Takes So Long (Live at Great Scott)

 

 

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