Listen to the latest releases from local artists. In this week’s edition: rap tag team Play On Words give us a bouncy summer jam, indie darling Shayna Rain and her Part Time Models aim for the sun, rock scene veterans Bee Master come out the hive and rapper Trade Voorhees puts on for his tribe.
Play On Words – “3Peat” [Video]
Play On Words, the tag team of spitters Nate Quest and Nick Crucial, dropped one of the flyest summer jams of the year. “3Peat,” from their upcoming album Vice Versa, is an instant head-nodder. Plucky keys ride atop the bouncy production, with some synths thrown in for extra west coast flavor. But what’s a summer song with proper visuals? Director Mike Leisure delivers the goods as the duo goes from the desert mountains to a cruise on the lake—with some lovely women in tow, of course.
Shayna Rain and the Part Time Models – Aiming for the Sun [Stream]
If I had to describe Shayna Rain in the form of emoji, it’d just be a series of a couple dozen heart-eyes. Seriously, listen to her smoky vocals and try not to fall in love. But while Shayna gets top billing, the band carries just as much weight, adding swagger to her ballads and exploring a range of emotions. “I Think I Know I Feel” winds into a bluesy jam session. “Number 81” sways into indie territory. And the cavalry comes in with a flourish of horns on “How Autumn Goes.” The highlights, for me, remain the dreamy “You’ll Never Leave” and the brilliant reprise.
Bee Master – Bee Master [Stream]
Bee Master, the indie-rock outfit previously known as Bee Movie the Band, is back after a five-year hiatus with their new self-titled album. Comprised of music scene veterans, the band is led by singer/guitarist Brian Cantrell (Same Sex Mary, Burning Agrestic and Jr. Anti-Sex League, among others) with Brett Bolton (Kid Meets Cougar, Kitze + the CPUs) on drums and Mike Montoya on bass. Brendan Scholz of Mercy Music and others also drop in to assist. The result is a lively record full of complex arrangements, slick solos and Cantrell’s signature howl.
Trade Voorhees – “A Tribe Called…” [Video]
With iconic streetwear brand Stussy’s run in Vegas coming to an end, Northtown repper Trade Voorhees got nostalgic and dropped visuals for “A Tribe Called…,” off 2013’s Saturday the 14th Part 2. Trade worked with the local Stussy team over the years, even creating beats live in the shop. The video, filmed recently at the store, features staff and a host of Vegas emcees including Hassan, Thelonius Gawd, LeRoyCHOPS, Jerry Shinefield, P’ocean and more. Imagine if they all got on the track together…