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HEAR THIS NOW: EDITION 11 OF THE MUSIC SOUNDCHECK


This is edition 11 of the ‘Hear This Now’ music roundup at TRB.


Edition 11 is here of Hear This Now, and it’s been a while! In this roundup, we’ve got everything from Pale Waves to the Arkells (feat. LIGHTS), Mabel and Bastille to TDE’s Reason, and Beyonce’s new era. I have put together one massive playlist for listening titled, The Reclusive Blogger’s Mixtape Melodies.


Pale Waves – ‘The Hard Way’

‘The Hard Way’ is the latest release from the Pale Waves‘ upcoming ‘Unwanted’ album due August 12th. The single takes inspiration from a traumatic event in lead vocalist Heather’s childhood. A regret that’s stayed with her for not doing more for a girl who was bullied and wound up taking her own life. This somber retrospective track is a haunting reminder to always stick up for others.

Listen up here.

Photo Credit: Kelsi Luck
Photo Credit: Kelsi Luck
Bastille – ‘Revolution’

This song is officially the first taste from Bastille‘s new expanded edition of their fourth album, ‘Give Me The Future. The new expanded edition ‘GIVE ME THE FUTURE + DREAMS OF THE PAST’ is out on August 26th via Republic Records. It expounds upon the band’s futuristic dreamscape meets fever dream playground upping the ante by creating a choose your musical adventure from three worlds. You have the origin story of ‘GIVE ME THE FUTURE’ or the nostalgia of ‘DREAMS OF THE PAST’. Lastly, you can pick dance floor and heartbreak with ‘OTHER PEOPLES HEARTACHE’

This deeper dive also includes a new song titled, ‘Revolution’. A track whose intro into the Bastille canon is marked with a quiet ferocity, continuing the band’s quest and thirst for experimentation in their sound. One of ‘Revolution’s highlights is the opening and how meticulously nuanced the track goes from a soft insular ballad to a glitch-pop, r&b flecked dance number. Lyrically the sci-fi-tinged references help to navigate a story of human connection, one that highlights those who help make the world a much more positive place near and far. ‘Revolution’ makes quite a beautiful statement that feels more like an evolution.

Dive in here, and preorder here.

Photo Credit: Sarah Louise Bennett
Photo Credit: Sarah Louise Bennett
Tritonal + Eric Lumiere – ‘Something Beautiful’

Electronic dance duo Tritonal link up with dynamic vocalist Eric Lumiere for this incredibly catchy and luminous new dance track ‘Something Beautiful’. The song is off Tritonal’s upcoming fifth album due out September 8th and is also the eighth and final single from record completing a narrative arc telling the bands history.

Check out the track here.

Photo Credit: Enhanced Music
Ilya – ‘FOH’

Well over a month since she released her second single, Iyla continues to release music and drops the kinetic ‘FOH’. On this track, Iyla explores other versions of extreme toxicity in relationships. The music video was filmed in her hometown of L.A., with choreography by Ginestra and styling by Brookelyn Styles.

Check out the nods to various moments and movements in Jazz in the music video here.

Reason – ‘Barely Miss’

Top Dawg Entertainment drops the music video for the stylistic banger ‘Barely Miss’ from the Carson, CA native, and rapper Reason. The music video features direction by Jazz Carter and Carlos Acosta. Reason also stopped by the COLORSxSTUDIOS for an interview and performance that you can view here.

You can stream the song here.

Rina Sawayama – ‘Hold The Girl’

Hold The Girl‘ is Rina’s third release from her forthcoming sophomore LP of the same name and follow up to her critically acclaimed self-titled debut. The track came to fruition after therapy in 2020, highlighting her soaring vocals set to a glitchy progressive house beat. It’s evident that the eclectic progressive pop sound she’s carefully crafted is candy for our ears.

Stream the song here.

Photo Credit: Thurstan Redding
Machine Gun Kelly – ‘twin flame’ (VEVO Live Performance)

Pop-Rock chameleon Machine Gun Kelly teamed up with VEVO live to record two performances, including his twisted Emo-Pop love ode ‘twin flame’. MGK scaled back on some of the usual overt spectacle, and focused on the vocals. Which ultimately made the overall performance a lot better.

You can watch the video here.

Photo courtesy of VEVO
Mabel – ‘Let Them Know’ (Live) | Vevo Studio Performance’

Another fun VEVO live session is from Pop/R&B Maven Mabel, whose two performances showcase her vocals beautifully, including this slightly scaled-back version of the Disco-tinged R&B number ‘Let Them Know. Not only does the song ooze girl power and sass, but so does Mabel and her vocals.

Watch the VEVO session here.

Photo courtesy of Vevo
Photo courtesy of VEVO
Arkells + Lights – ‘Human Being’

Here’s a fun late Summer contender for one of the catchiest tracks of this Summer, possibly the year. ‘Human Being’ is off the Arkells’ upcoming September LP, ‘Blink Twice’. the Arkells and their bouncy electro-rock rhythms team up with Lights and her effervescent energy and vocals, turning the collaboration into a kinetic burst of fun energy.

You can listen to the song here and watch the music video here.

Photo Credit: Nathan Nash
Jack White – ‘A Madman From Manhattan’ (Live from Union Chapel in London)

One of the highlights from Jack White‘s brand new album, ‘Entering Heaven Alive’ is this gem of a song and this live performance of the track in London. White performed the entirety of ‘Entering Heaven Alive’ acoustically at London’s Union Chapel. You can watch this performance at the link.

Stream Jack White‘s latest ‘Entering Heaven Alive’ here.

Photo Credit: David James Swanson
Olivia Lunny + Bhad Bhabie – ‘Vibe Check’

Canadian Singer-Songwriter Olivia Lunny teams up with Rapper Bhad Bhabie for a laidback Gen Z jam that passes this Millenial editor’s “Vibe Check”Lunny’s brand of confessional alt-pop still remains the foundation for this breezy R&B-infused track. The slinky melodies, and seductive beat, make under 3-minute song quite the bop.

You can decide for yourself here and see if it passes your vibe check. 

Butcher Brown – ‘Unbelievable’

The Jazz ensemble Butcher Brown drop their third song from their upcoming big band release, Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey. The song titled ‘Unbelievable’ follows suit in a succession of dynamic releases from the band in 2022. It’s an utterly groovy Jazz reimagining of the Notorious B.I.G song of the same. Watch the rousing live video of this clever reinterpretation from the Butcher Brown band to hear the intricacies at play.

You can also stream it here.

Photo Credit: Butcher Brown by Danielle Barbieri
You Me At Six – ‘Deep Cuts’

English Rock quartet You Me At Six returns with the announcement of the band’s eighth studio album, ‘Truth Decay’. The single ‘Deep Cuts’ is full steam ahead in its kinetic stadium rock energy. Something You Me At Six is quite known overseas, but with the heavier imagery in the music video and what seems to be an ever-progressing band. You Me At Six emo, pop-punk sound and giving it a modern yet grungy twist. The end game has clearly been upended and changed for this band. I’m excited to hear the rest of the project and see where it goes.

You can watch the new video here or stream the song here.

Photo Credit: Freddie Stisted
The Lindas Linda – ‘Lost In Thought’

The Linda Lindas are on fire right now. The band who signed to Epitaph Records dropped their debut record earlier this year titled ‘Growing Up’. Along this journey, many in the punk community have taken this young band under their wings, including members of pretty famous punk bands like Bikini Kill. They team up with Kathi Wilcox of Bikini Kill to write the track ‘Lost In Thought’ for the Land Trust: Benefit For NEFOC charity album.

Listen to the song here. Watch the music video here

Photo Credit: Zen Sekizawa
Marcus Mumford – ‘Grace’

Following the release of the lead-off track, ‘Cannibal’ and a music video directed by Steven Spielberg (!!!) shot in black & white on iPhone. We got a first taste of the sound and direction of where the Mumford and Sons frontman could go. The song held bits of his classic folk sound. Now with the release of his first single, ‘Grace’ from his debut solo venture (self-titled). The artist digs into deeper emotions and more feral ground, leaving behind Folk for a swampy, gritty, Country Rock sound through the production of Blake Mills. Other artists featured on the track are Bassist Pino Palladino & Vocalist Danielle Ponder, both of whom will join Marcus on tour this Fall.

You can view the video for ‘Grace’ here.

Photo Credit: Eric Ray Davidson
Photo Credit: Eric Ray Davidson
Editors – ‘Karma Climb’

Editors return with this new single, “Karma Climb’. A grungy synth-heavy remix from Berlin-based, Parisian DJ/producer Jennifer Cardini and production partner Damon Jee was also released. ‘Karma Climb’ is from their upcoming September 23rd album release, EBM‘Karma Climb’ is forceful and loud as it immediately hits with its ghostly atmospherics and hard-hitting guitars. It’s a new-age stadium anthem that’s best heard live. You can start by seeing Editors hit all the nuances in this live performance video.

You can also stream the song here.

Photo Credit: Rahi Rezvani
Photo Credit: Rahi Rezvani

Rapper Joey Bada$$ has a new album out that everyone should check out. You can check out the music video for my favorite track ‘Where I Belong’ here. Beyonce enters her ‘Renaissance’ era. You can listen to my top two favorite tracks here and here. Maggie Rogers releases her new album ‘Surrender’ and Billie Eilish surprises with two hauntingly lovely ‘guitar’ songs.


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