Alternative R&B singer-songwriter, BANKS has made her return to music with the single “Gimme”. The song is BANKS first major release since 2017’s “Underdog”. BANKS co-wrote the song with Buddy Ross (Frank Ocean, HAIM) as well as co-produced it with Hudson Mohawke (Kanye West, Drake) & BJ Burton (Bon Iver, Francis, and the Lights).

“‘Gimme’ is a song about getting what you want. It’s about knowing what you deserve, saying it out loud, and demanding it with no apologies. I’m ready to release this into the world and begin a new chapter,” says Banks.

“‘Gimme” is a sexy, dark, and hypnotic Electro-R&B number. Taking lead from the get-go BANKS assured vocal delivery throughout the track feature some of her most powerfully fierce lyrics yet. “‘Gimme” is the perfect comeback track, with BANKS giving us a first taste of what’s to come from her this year. As 2019 is also when she is expected to release her next album since 2016’s The Altar. You can listen to the new BANKS track below.

Stream BANKS // “Gimme” – https://hernameisbanks.lnk.to/gimmePR

Watch the visualizer here: https://hernameisbanks.lnk.to/GimmeVisualizerPR

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Meet newcomer singer-songwriter and artist Yoshi Flower. He is currently opening up for K-Pop Hip-Hop band Epik High on their U.S. tour. I got to chat with him immediately after he took to the stage at The Wiltern. We talked about his creative process, music, books, including The Catcher in Rye. Yoshi Flower has a unique style and artistry of blending multiple genres such as Rock, Trap, R&B, the heavy synths of Electronic music against a backdrop of pop melodies and hard edge guitar. His Friday night opener slot at The Wiltern showcased such, the inner workings of an artist looking to make an impact as well as one with major promise. It was just him and a guitar as he played through a fast paced set of songs, just enough crowd interaction and tons of energy. He ended his set surprising the crowd whom he had clearly won over by throwing his guitar into the air in total rock star fashion. Below you can read my full interview with Yoshi Flower

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: I always start off with an ice breaker question so are you a Morning Bird or Night Owl?

YOSHI FLOWER: I say I’m a night owl. I’m a Night Owl.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Me too.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: It was mentioned that you have a new song “Empty” coming out can you tell us a bit more about it?

YOSHI FLOWER: It’s about no matter how hard you try to fix internal problems with outside things it’s never gonna work. The harder you try to fix the inside with things that you see on the outside is the worst thing you feel inside. I’m just done with that. I don’t give a fuck about anything other than just like passion, inspiration, family, helping other people. And it’s been working for me as far as my happiness. So that’s what it’s about.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: As far as the sound, does it kind of sound more like your current single dirty water? Or is it kind of sound different?

YOSHI FLOWER: It sounds like Dirty Water.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: That one sounds cool btw.

YOSHI FLOWER: Thank you.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: How did you come up with the name YOSHI FLOWER and why that name?

YOSHI FLOWER: Because my name is Joshua Flower, my legal name. And Yoshi is a nickname for Joshua.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Did it have anything to do with the video game character?

YOSHI FLOWER: No. But it was a pleasant coincidence.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Is there a lyric that you’ve written that has the most meaning to you or is your favorite?

YOSHI FLOWER: No. Extremely hard to pick from.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What was your favorite children’s book as a kid?

YOSHI FLOWER: My favorite book as a child was “Where the Wild Things Are“.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Oh, that’s a good one. That one has a lot of symbolism in it too.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: If you could turn any book into a song what book would you pick and why?

YOSHI FLOWER: I feel like I would pick like The Catcher in the Rye just because I feel like Holden Caulfield was the original ‘Sad Boy’. It might just be the bubble that I live in. But people are very extroverted with their sadness right now. It’s almost like a form of flexing. And it’s great that people can get their feelings out and validated in that way. But I feel like he was like the OG ‘Sad Boys’.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: To be honest, that’s my favorite book ever written. Yeah, I love JD Salinger and everything he’s ever written.

YOSHI FLOWER: He’s just a rock star.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What’s a typical creative and writing process like for you? 

YOSHI FLOWER: I try and write as much as I can. I really respect the craft of songwriting. But typically the stuff that ends of coming out is just like word vomit. It’s rare that I write a melody first, I’m trying to more. I’m trying to write a melody and fill in the words, like a lot of my idols. A lot of people that have made great compelling art, as far as songwriting media have been really focused melodically and then they’ve gone back and filled it in. And, and I haven’t. I’ve only realized that people like my music, like, pretty recently, so I haven’t, like, approached it as any sort of an exercise ever. But now that I have the space, to just be creative, to start stretching myself in those ways. And also, sometimes it’ll just be, I’m driving, someone’s driving me and I’m in the seat. Someone said something and I write it down. And then I’m like, I gotta get home and write about it. So I come from the words world.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What’s your favorite 90s jam? 

YOSHI FLOWER: Nevermind by Nirvana. The entire album.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Are there any current artists that have been “On Repeat” for you lately? What music have you been digging?

YOSHI FLOWER: Bakar and YEEK

And that’s that. I’d like to thank Yoshi Flower for the lovely chat and to Interscope for the invite! You can stream Yoshi Flower latest song “Dirty Water” below and learn more about him.

The Wiltern // Setlist:

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE

OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

AND TO THE MACHINE

INVISIBLE

Movies

Woke

Dirty Water

Brown Paper Bag

Official Website – http://yoshiflower.me

Stream Yoshi Flower // “Dirty Water” – https://open.spotify.com/track/5jQLThKnh8dbFaHnF5qgRJ?si=Lw0G1tO6QWKUWQmIpX35ZA

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IYVES returns in the best way possible!

The returning single from rising RnB singer IYVES is everything a return should be. The aptly titled “Gold” is a love ballad showcasing her sexy and beautiful vocals over a slick captivating beat. The song explores the endless depth of feelings that come with a true and fulfilling love, i.e. ‘Gold‘. The kind of love that is hard to find as it is rare. So once you do, it feels like a dream. What clever and fun word play from IYVES.

“finding someone that treats you better than you’ve ever experienced,” a feeling that you didn’t know was physically possible to feel. The song begins with skepticism in her voice and in the lyrics, but progresses to an understanding of how rare and special this circumstance of love is”.IYVES

The song fuses a number of genres overall including RnB, Electronic, Pop, Soul, and even Rock. “Gold” has quite an sexy, and enigmatic vibe overall as it’s a good slow burn. To learn more IYVES and to stream this song look no further than below. ⬇️⬇️

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KIANJA is the latest signing to the Best Laid Plans record label. Her latest single “I Can’t Make You Love Me” is a fantastic second offering, showing major promise from this young talent. The song oozes heartache that is reminiscent of artists older than she. As KIANJA vocals dance about the track with what seems like such an ease, the emotion she evokes is clear and evident. It is a love song but one of heartbreak, of letting go even when you don’t want to making the track bittersweet. KIANJA is a rising talent that’s a must listen, so to learn more about her and to stream her new track “I Can’t Make You Love Me” look no further than below.

Stream KIANJA // “I Can’t Make You Love Me” here: https://awal.lnk.to/ICantMakeYouLoveMe

KIANJA // Socials:

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/kianjamusic

Instagram: https://instagram.com/kianjamusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kianjamusic

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kianjamusic

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Maya B is the Los Angeles based R&B singer and songwriter recently signed to Capitol Records

I chatted with Maya B about her latest single “Dollar to a Diamond“, music, touring, and even her favorite children’s book …

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Red Vines or Twizzlers?

MAYA B: Red vines. I have them in every green room.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: For my readers at The Reclusive Blogger can you us how you got started as singer and songwriter? Who and what inspired you to take that journey?

MAYA B: I’ve been writing and singing ever since I can remember honestly. I fell in love with music when I was 5 and started making music when I was around 7. What made me get into music was my mom putting my sisters and I into a girl group. As time went by I started taking it very seriously.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Let’s talk about your current single “Dollar To A Diamond”. Can you tell me more about the creative and writing process behind it?

MAYA B: Yeah, so Hydrate (upcoming producer) and Soulshock made this track one night together and played it for me the next day. I fell in love with it and started writing. I wrote and we recorded “Dollar To A Diamond” in a single day.

DOLLAR TO A DIAMOND

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: You not only also express yourself as an singer-songwriter but in other art forms as well. What’s a typical creative process like for you?

MAYA B: I don’t have a creative process set in stone honestly. It’s ever-changing because I hate structure haha. The only thing that’s inevitable when I create is: I like looking at photos or colors when I write a song. I like listening to music when I paint or draw.

THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Since you are currently on tour. What are three must have items for you?

MAYA B: My beats headphones because I’m an antisocial fuck. My iPad because I draw my digital art on there. And my lucky pants because lucky pants are a must.

TRB: Switching gears now … What was your favorite children’s book as a kid?

MAYA B: No David, No’ for sure!

TRB: Are there any artists that have been “On Repeat” for you guys as a band lately? What music have you been digging?

MAYA B: We’ve been jamming to Juice WRLD and we all really love jazz so the guys recently put me on to Gretchen Parlato. I’ve been listening to a lot of XXTENTACION, King Krule, Brigitte Fontaine, and Celebration.

TRB: And what’s next for you, Maya B?

MAYA B: I’m gearing up to release my EP. I’m super excited for everyone to see some different sides of me. I’m also getting ready to drop the “Dollar to a diamond” video.

TRB: Anything else you would like to add? Thank you for your time!

MAYA B: Thank you

Photo credit: Diego Andrade

MAYA B // SOCIALS

https://www.instagram.com/mayabsound

https://www.facebook.com/mayabsound/

https://www.mayabsound.com

https://www.soundcloud.com/mayabsound

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Grace May is the New York based and Toronto born R&B, neo-soul singer and artist. Her stunning new single is a must listen. The song “Quiet” is a treat featuring captivating vocals set against a minimalistic backdrop of what appears to be as a few instruments as possible. The production bare as well.

“I wanted the instrumentation to be as raw as the lyrics”.

– Singer Grace May

The lyrical content is all at once honest, raw, and immediately engaging to the listener. Grace May’s dazzling falsetto is what is most notable on this track, only enhancing to what is already a beautiful and highly emotional song.

Stream Grace May // “Quiet” here:

Follow Grace May on Social Media here:

Official: https://www.gracemaymusic.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gracegw/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/gracemaygw

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