Songwriters

Sam DeRosa highlights mental health in new single "Sad Faces"

Sam DeRosa calls for a wellness check in her new single “Sad Faces,” and she could not be more timely: the month of October has been a long one already. Laced in the slapping/bap-bap beat that rides across a pop atmosphere is DeRosa’s call for universal cheerfulness, perseverance, and hope for a better tomorrow. The conversational, on-beat verses that segway into beautiful choruses show off DeRosa’s vocals, polished and sweetened with honesty. “Sad Faces” layers each sound so neatly without feeling overproduced: it’s intricate pop in production, simple and approachable in sound—the way it ought to be. Stream the bright music video for “Sad Faces” below for a reason to be cheerful. - René Cobar 

   

Single Premiere: Jacob Freeman "Mask Mirror"

We are proud to be able to premiere the latest single, "Mask Mirror", from Jacob Freeman. This is the third single from Freeman's forthcoming debut album, Is The Mirror, which will be released tomorrow (October 23rd).

Freeman shared the single's origin with us and it came to him after a planned trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras with a newfound, semi-long distance romantic partner. Instead, they traded the trip for a more intimate celebration at home here in Chicago. Freeman's partner gave him a silver Mardi Gras mask and a few days later as he was driving back to New York City for school, the reflection of the mask caught his eye in the rearview mirror and the song followed.

   

Abbi Rajasekhar "Seeing The Circle"

Abbi Rajasekhar has released her second EP, "Seeing The Circle", of 2020. Back in July she had released her first EP, "Nienna", as a solo artist and first since in general since 2015. Where "Nienna" was a concept EP sung from the point of view from the character by the same name from the Tolkien book Silmarillion, this new EP is more personal, but also a touch lighter than its predecessor.

   

A Deli Premiere: "Nasty Woman" by Chel

In such a contentious election year, with so many voices drowned in the mix, few are heard, others cut fiercely, defiantly through the noise, and that is the case with Chel’s new single “Nasty Woman.” The singer-songwriter debuts a single and accompanying video that highlights the ardent fight for women’s equality in all fields, in all spheres. With vocals that display force and grace, Chel rides a quaking beat that leads to instrumental swells and ascents that you can’t help but feel profoundly within. In the small bridges of the track, Chel’s voice floats elegantly towards a fabulous beat drop. The song title, a reference to words infamously uttered by President Donald Trump, reminds us that many women have awaited this coming election perhaps most fervently than many, ready to exact change. In “Nasty Woman,” Chel offers a slick and soulful pop single that rattles with hot emotion and frigid, piercing intent. In a year full of statements, some have a bit more bite to them; stream the music video for “Nasty Woman” premiering below. - René Cobar    

   

Single Premiere: AJ Rosales "If Not Today"

We are proud to be able to premiere the first single, "If Not Today", from the forthcoming album, Manifestations, from AJ Rosales.

This is the fifth studio album from Rosales, but first since 2007's Ultramarine. This is Progressive Acoustic music approaching the line of Americana.

Manifestations is set to be released on November 27th.