J.B. Boone has released a feel-good new folk pop song called "Hico", the second single from his upcoming EP "Severe Adventures". He tells a funny story about the creation of the song in an interview with Buzz Music:
"I finished writing it about ten minutes before playing it for the first time at a show in Long Beach, and I decided to let the crowd name it. I asked a random guy for an adjective, and a random girl for a noun. The guy said 'pretty' and the girl said 'beef.' So for a while, I'd tell that story and then play the song as 'Pretty Beef.'"
"Later, as we got further in the recording process, the feeling I got from the song was one of openness, one that made me feel carefree. It reminded me of the feeling I had during a road trip in college with a bunch of my buddies to a ranch in Hico, TX. I decided to name it Hico (pronounced high-co), as a tribute to that."
Boone comes from a musical family and draws particular inspiration from his dad. Announcing the release on Facebook he wrote: "Hico is OUT NOW!!! This song means a lot to me, because I got to record it in the studio with my dad on the banjo."
Last Friday, Canadian artist Miles Away released his long-awaited debut self-titled EP on label Lowly Palace. Speaking on its inspiration, he wrote: "I wanted to capture that feeling I felt when I first left home at 18 to travel the world, alone. There are always going to be ups and downs, but the overall feeling is one of wonder, and adventure, and this is the feeling that I've tried to encapsulate with my debut EP."
Each track features lush, powerful production and emotive melodies. The third track "Meant for Two", a collaboration with electropop duo RYYZN, charms us with its gorgeous vocals, infectious energy and driving drop. Hear the full EP on Spotify and all major platforms.
Rising rapper JDAM disses himself on his new single "F*** JDAM" spitting scathing lyrics over latin-like acoustic guitar arpeggios, bass and drums. With its catchy hook, it's easy to imagine a crowd singing along in the chorus at his next show.
Elohim, Wiz Khalifa and record production/songwriting team Rock Mafia have teamed up for their bright new pop anthem "FYM".
"My mom always told me we were rich in love instead of money," Elohim tells Billboard Dance. "It never made sense until now. Love is completely invaluable and the reason we are all here. I am grateful to have Wiz on this record. He embodies a true icon that is full of love."
Keanu Silva and Richard Judge have teamed up for their uplifting new future house single "We Are The Greatest", out now on Hexagon.
"This is one of my absolute favorites out of the records that I've worked on recently! It has such an inspiring and joyful essense to it that I think needs to be heard. The goal should be to make all kids feel like they can change the future for the better!" - Keanu Silva.
"We Are The Greatest is about looking back at the days when we were kids and we believed we could do anything. It's about holding on to that feeling. Years will pass but our hearts will stay young. We're still the kids our heroes made us" - Richard Judge.
The banging new electro house single "Gaijin" (which means "foreigner" in Japanese) from producer Ronko mixes funky vocals in the verses with eastern sounds in the bridge and drop. Check out the cool Tekken-esque video clip for it below!