We interrupt your regular new music program to bring you an important PSA: Local rapper Ekoh and alt-country singer Jordan Mitchell need your help.
Both artists have separate crowd-funding campaigns going on, with Ekoh‘s ending in less than three days. The creative emcee puts a lot of thought behind his conceptual music videos (see “Paint” here). His next video, “This Is Not A Robbery,” will be his biggest production yet, complete with fight scenes, high-speed chases and stunts. That is, if he gets the money to fund it. Currently, he’s about $400 short of his modest $2,000 goal. Let’s rally and support a creative cause. Visit his Kickstarter page here.
Jordan Mitchell has a golden voice and a million-dollar smile. Why record execs aren’t throwing deals at her is beyond me. But the Jameson-swilling singer-songwriter is not one to sit around and wait. She’s on the cusp of something big. She feels it. I feel it. Promoters who’ve booked her on stages from the Life Is Beautiful festival to Austin City Limits feel it. So she’s reaching out to her fans to help take her to the next step. She’s asking for support to reach her target of $8,500 to use for recording, distributing and promoting her full-length debut. Backing the project has some interesting perks, including being on her guest list for life and her cooking dinner for you and your friends. You can help her reach her next step by contributing to her IndieGoGo campaign by Christmas Eve.
Now, turn up the volume.
Twin Cities – Demo and The Winter EP [Stream/Download]
Indie band Twin Cities recently made their three-track Demo and The Winter EP available for name-your-price download (i.e., free). Though the sound quality could be amped up, they’re doing everything else just right, as evident by their recent nationwide tour. While the acoustic The Winter EP draws on more folk influences, Demo displays their full range with powerful emo riffs and singer Macario Gutierrez howling with intensity. Head to their Bandcamp page and throw a few bucks their way.
COMA//DRIFT – “4th of July” [Stream/Download]
Screamo outfit COMA//DRIFT dropped their lo-fi “4th of July” in October. It’s a drilling, bombastic headbanger that also could use a boost in quality. Maybe they should start a Kickstarter for it. I’m not entirely sure what they’re shouting in my earphones, but they do it with such ferocity that it gets my heart pumping. Apparently, they play as hard as they sound. The band recently posted an image of bloody guitar strings on their Facebook page. Grab the song via Bandcamp.
Ritch – “Break From Vegas” [Video]
Vegas native Ritch goes in over Partynextdoor’s “Break From Toronto” with a verse about the overwhelming Vegas lifestyle and the hurdles on the road to success. They just be hatin’ in Vegas, he raps. Ain’t that the truth. In the end though, the rapper concedes: Maybe I don’t need a break. Of course there’s stacks of cash and ample butt cheeks in the video. It’s a rap song about Vegas, after all. The video is the third set of visuals off his #CRWN mixtape.