Welcome to our #RadarCollective Where we curate some of the newly discovered Indie artists/Groups that we feel you need to listen to for great vibes on your weekend / weekday. Whether you need to get hype or chill on some classic hip-hop, R&B/Soul vibes, these are artists & songs you need to check out. This week’s features include music from Cortez Haw, Jthurston, DESIIRE, Big Skeez & Jay Savior. Scroll below and immerse yourself in great music from acts you might have never heard about.
Think you have what it take to hit our radar then submit your music here.
Listed in no particular order.
1. Cortez Haw – Burn
Burn is a Pop/R&B track written by Shaw, and features producers Jalex and Taji Ausar (Kehlani, Usher, Ne-Yo), Grammy-nominated mixer Beau Vallis (Pharrell, Kelly Rowland), and Grammy-winning mastering engineer Randy Merrill (Mark Ronson, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown). It tells the story of love, betrayal, and heartbreak – with a twist. It features classic R&B-inspired verses and a powerful, soaring chorus.
Cortez brings a sound that mixes authentic R&B with pop hooks and unforgettable melodies. His voice, with both soulful subtleties and a powerful upper range, has been praised by some of the best-selling performers of all time, including stars like Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey.
“No one can put a definition on your life,” he says, and as a multi-talented artist, actor, and songwriter, Cortez continues to grow. His debut EP, RAW, is set to be released in 2017.
2. Jthurston – Where I’m From (feat. Gully & Paidro Classic)
Jared Thurston, or Jthurston is an established artist out of the Bay Area. Hailing specifically from the 82nd block of East Oakland, Jthurston brings a unique approach to Bay-style rap. Over generally dark, yet energetic production, J uses his adaptive flow to deliver messages of team dedication, city love, and all around bragging. With a sound reminiscent of a Drake/J.cole/Kanye hybrid, Jthurston is known to switch from all around lyrical rapping to a more harmonizing style. The front runner for Oakland’s local music collective NFK (NewFound Kingdom), J has an energy that is impossible to ignore, a fact made evident by his high voltage live performances. J’s Music is available through every media outlet such as iTunes, Spotify, and Pandora Radio. On August 25, 2016 Jthurston released his project “Pyramids”, which was later placed on the Editor’s Pick list on the CD Baby website. His Singles “Flexin” and “Autopilot” have earned Jthurston high praise as an artist as well as radio play on several stations. Jthurston’s track titled “Honest feat. Flight” earned him a spot on the #V6 mixtape from popular blog site Bayareacompass. Jthurston is the #1 ranked artist on Reverbnation locally in the Oakland area as well as regionally in the Northern California area, and in October of 2016 he was placed on Reverbnation’s “Crowd Picks” list as a featured artist. Jthurston’s latest album “All I Want is Everything” was released on July 1st, 2017.
3. DESIIRE – No Feelings (Ft. Jordan Jones )
DESIIRE is a Congo born, Toronto based Singer/Songwriter who fuses R&B/Soul & Hip Hop to create music that is rich with moody simplicity and layered melodies.
His latest single ” No Feelings ” which features newcomer Jordan Jones, sees the singer move through light synths, a staccato bassline and melodic harmonies to make for a vibrant atmospheric tune.
4. Big Skeez – I Got The Juice
Its been a long time since Big Skeez released his game changing mixtape ’S.A.T.T’ and since then plenty has happened. Most notably he has just released his first project in over a year ‘WAVY SESSIONS’ with hits like ‘Turn Up’ and ‘I Got The Juice’ this EP is sure to keep fans satisfied until the next release!
‘I Got The Juice’ is a certified banger and will defiantly get people on their feet at the club! Be sure to press play and also check out the whole EP.
5. Jay Savior – Meet Again
Born in the BX in the shadows of Yankee Stadium, and attending high school in the suburban area of Westchester, Jay Savior was forced to adjust to his surroundings. And much like his upbringing, Savior’s music is a blend of street, NY Hip-Hop mixed with more melodic sensibilities. On his latest single ” Meet Again “, Savior tells the true-to-life story of reconnecting with a lost love and realizing he had moved on, focusing on his life and music moves.